Moana to open in 2016

Ron and John

Ron Clements and John Musker

Disney says new film 'Moana' - its 56th animated feature - is to be released in late 2016, having been brought forward two years.

Disney movie 'Moana' is set to be released in late 2016.

The studio has confirmed that the release date for the new animated feature - the 56th in its history - has been brought forward by two years, and the film concerning the Polynesian sea-voyager, navigator and chief's daughter will be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who were responsible for 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Aladdin'.

Looking forward to the film, Musker explained: "Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself.

"She's the kind of character we all root for, and we can't wait to introduce her to audiences."

During the course of the film, Moana Waialiki, the central character, heads off on a journey to help her family.

The plot features spirits and mythological figures from history.

This comes shortly after Disney announced plans to make a short film follow-up to 'Frozen'.

The new film is set to premiere in 2015 and will see the return of all the main original characters.

The log line for the film explains: "In 'Frozen Fever', it's Anna's birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk."

The movie will feature a song from Oscar winners Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, while Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are to return to directing duties.


  • 2016
  • US
  • Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Cast: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Rachel House, Jemaine Clement, Alan Tudyk
  • UK release: 2 December 2016

A young woman sets sail for a fabled island, and is joined by the legendary demi-god, Maui.


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