Riding high off the No. 1 opening of “Big Hero 6,” Disney Animation Studios announced Monday the 2016 dates for its upcoming animated films “Zootopia” and “Moana.”
The action/adventure “Zootopia” will be directed by Byron Howard, whose recent films include “Bolt” and “Tangled.” The script will be written by Jared Bush and follows a slick-talking fox that has aspirations of doing big things, but gets framed for a crime he had no part in. Zootopia’s top cop, a rabbit, takes the case and pursues the fox, but they get caught in a conspiracy that forces them to work together. The film premieres in theaters on March 4, 2016.
“Moana” is an action/adventure film that will be headed by the filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker. The veteran duo has an impressive background in 2D animation (“Aladdin,” “Hercules,” “The Princess and Frog”), but this film will be their first computer animated feature.
Set in the South Pacific, “Moana” follows a young woman who hits the open seas and uses her keen sense of navigation to find a legendary island. Along the way, she partners up with her hero, a demi-god named Maui, and they encounter giant sea creatures and discover ancient locales. The film opens on Nov. 23, 2016.
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