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Directed by John Musker
Ron Clements
Produced by
Written by
Music by Mark Mancina
Opetaia Foa’i
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Editing by
Production company(s) Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date(s) November 23, 2016
Running time
Language English
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Preceded by Zootopia
Followed by Gigantic
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Moana is an upcoming computer animated, musical film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It is slated by Disney to be the 56th film in the Disney animated feature canon. Originally described as a "mythic adventure set around 2000 years ago and across a series of islands in the South Pacific."[1], the film will follow the journey of a spirited teenager named Moana as she sails the Pacific Ocean to complete her "ancestor's quest".

The film is to be directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, who were both the directors of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Frog.


Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped — and no one today knows why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.[2]



After directing The Princess and the Frog, Musker and Clements started working on an adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Mort,[4] but rights problems prevented them from continuing with that project.[5] To avoid similar problems, they pitched three new ideas, and in 2011 started developing the film based on an original idea.[5]

Moana will be Musker and Clement's first fully computer-animated film.[6] Moana Waialiki will be Disney's first Polynesian princess.[7] Although initially rumoured to be made in hand-drawn/computer-animated technique introduced with Disney's short film Paperman, Musker said that it is "far too early to apply the Paperman hybrid technique to a feature. The Meander digital in-betweening interface still has a host of production issues (including color) that need to be perfected."[6] According to Bleeding Cool, the film will feature a new, painterly style of CG. This will be the 56th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.[4]

On October 20, 2014, Disney announced that Moana's release date would be late 2016.[8][9]

In November 2014, Dwayne Johnson (also known as The Rock) was announced to voice the demigod Maui and join Moana on her action packed voyage [10]

The film is to be scored by Mark Mancina.



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  • Plot of Moana

    56 messages
    • That would be awesome if Uh-Oa is the main villain in the movie Moana, and she is also in Trader Sam Grog Grotto at Disney World after she l...
    • Also, have Moana meet the Tiki Gods from the Enchanted Tiki Room that will help her to rescue her family and save her village from certain doom.
  • Aaaaah

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    • KoMorganNaruAhau wrote: Ok, as a Maori this makes me super happy, I love this! I just don't wan't the whole thing to be ruined by someone t...
    • Daniel2918 wrote: KoMorganNaruAhau wrote: Ok, as a Maori this makes me super happy, I love this! I just don't wan't the whole thing to be rui...

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