‘Moana’: Disney unveils first look at South Pacific animated feature

Oct. 20, 2014 | 10:57 a.m.
Concept art for "Moana," an upcoming feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. (Disney)

Concept art for “Moana,” an upcoming feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. (Disney)

Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed a first look at “Moana,” an animated feature slated to hit theaters in late 2016.

Billed as an “epic comedy-adventure,” the CG-animated movie will transport Disney fans to the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, where spirited teenager Moana sets sail in search of a fabled island.

“Moana” is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the filmmaking duo behind “The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Aladdin.” The tale follows Moana, a born navigator, and her hero, the legendary demigod Maui, as they set off on an impossible mission to fulfill Moana’s ancestors’ quest. Along the way, they encounter enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore, according to Disney.

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said in a press statement. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”

The concept art, unveiled Monday, depicts Moana and Maui at sea. Check it out above.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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