Moana Release Date Confirmed; Disney’s First Polynesian Princess Sailing To Theaters In 2016

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Goofy whale side-kick or bust: Disney announced today that the animated musical Moana is set for a November 23rd, 2016 release date, and in spite of some residual Disney misgivings, I can’t help but be excited. I mean, just look at that concept art. No matter what, Moana should be gorgeous.

Disney’s upcoming animated feature also has a reassuringly-credentialed creative team–Ron Clements and John Musker of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and The Princess and the Frog. According to Oh My Disney, Musker and Clement’s first entirely-CG film follows Moana, a chief’s daughter with a knack for navigation, as she sails through the South Pacific to appease her ancestors. Along the way, Moana teams up with the demi-god Maui, “encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.”

Clements spoke briefly about Moana‘s enormous scope and the strength of its titular heroine:

John and I have partnered on so many films – from The Little Mermaid to Aladdin to The Princess and the Frog […] Creating Moana is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.

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.

Well, I know what I’m watching two Thanksgivings from now. What do you guys think?

(via Coming Soon)

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