Walt Disney Animation’s 56TH animated feature will release in 2016 | On the heels of Frozen frenzy, Walt Disney Animation Studios announced its first Polynesian princess,
a spirited and adventurous teenager named Moana, in Disney’s 56th animated film of the same name. Moana will also be the first Pacific Islander princess from the studio. Described as a CG-animated comedy-adventure, and set in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana’s adventure takes her on “an action-packed voyage, encountering sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore,” according to Disney.
The film will be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker who also directed The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, and Aladdin. “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.” The screenplay was written by the talented New Zealand writer and director Taika Waititi, who directed the 2010 film, Boy which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.