Walt Disney has announced that its 56th animated feature, and next Disney princess feature following the mega-hit Frozen, will be released in late 2016.
The movie, titled Moana, is a CG-animated feature that was originally planned for 2018, but it would appear that Disney decided that was far too long to wait. It will be directed by Disney royalty, Ron Clements and John Musker, who previously wrote and directed The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, and The Princess and Frog. Clements was nominated for an Academy Award for Treasure Planet, and the duo were both nominated for Oscars for Princess and the Frog.
Here’s a description of Moana from the Disney Wiki page:
In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania 2000 years ago, 14-year-old Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.
In addition to announcing the 2016 release, a piece of concept art (seen above) was also released via the Disney Animation Twitter account.