Disney Animation Studios today announced plans for Moana, a CG-animated comedy adventure that will be released in late 2016. The pic, about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest, is being directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the duo behind previous Disney blockbusters The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Princess And The Frog.
In March, Disney unveiled release date plans for its next eight animated pics — at that point it was dates only, no titles — through 2018. It looks like the studio is eyeing that November 23, 2015 spot for Moana.
The plot: In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage in which they encounter enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds, and ancient folklore.
“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.” Clements added that “creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career.”
Disney Animation has been on a roll behind Wreck-It Ralph and of course Frozen. The studio’s latest pic, Big Hero 6, is being released November 7.