After breaking records with “Frozen,” Walt Disney Animation Studios is sailing into the high seas with a new animated film in 2016. Moana tells the story of a high-spirited teenager on an epic but difficult quest to fulfill her ancestors’ mission.
The storyline will be based in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania. The main character searches for a fabled island and will encounter gigantic sea creatures, underworlds and ancient folklore while she navigates the open ocean.
Ron Clements and John Musker, who have directed The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog, will direct the film.
Some of the characters will include spirits and a demi-god called Maui. Maui is a Hawaiian mythology and cultural hero who helps Moana during her incredible journey.
“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said in a statement. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”
The film is set to hit theaters late 2016.
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