Disney Animation Announces Moana

Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced Moana, a CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest. The film is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the filmmaking team behind The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, and Aladdin.

"John and I have partnered on so many films—from The Little Mermaid to Aladdin to The Princess and the Frog," said Clements. "Creating Moana is one of the great thrills of our career. It's a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania."

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering 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."

Film Divider adds that Eagle vs Shark and What We Do In the Shadows writer Taika Waititi will pen Moana's script.


Moana is expected for a late 2016 release.