Disney Announces Next Animated Film

Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced plans for a new animated film, Moana, which is scheduled to hit theaters in late 2016.

From the creators of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Frog, Ron Clements and Jon Musker, comes Moana, the story of a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest.

Set in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moanasets sail in search of a fabled island. Along the way she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean where she will encounter enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” says Musker. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.