Disney Announces MOANA Animated Feature Film

In the wake of the success of Frozen, Disney has announced a new animated film they are developing, called Moana (Mo-AH-na), which is slated for release in 2018.

The movie will be directed by John Musker and Ron Clement, who have worked on films such as Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog. The story is described as a "mythic adventure set around 2000 years ago and across a series of islands in the South Pacific."

The movie will be a step away from the fairytale storyline that we are used to seeing from Disney, and here's a description,

"The main character will be Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demi-gods and spirits taken from real mythology"

Bleeding Cool previously described the film as...

"Being developed in a new style of CG that’s somewhat like but certainly not identical to the techniques used on Paperman. The exact look of their film is very much still in development at the moment."

I can't wait to see how this movie comes together. I loved the "Paperman" animation, and it would be cool to see a full movie done in that style. It seems like this story could fit that style perfectly. There's a lot they could do with it to give it that South Pacific feel. 

Via: io9