Walt Disney Animation Sets 'Zootopia' & 'Moana' for Release in 2016
by Ethan Anderton
November 10, 2014
Hoping to continue their hot streak following hits like Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and now Big Hero 6, Walt Disney Animation has just set release dates for their forthcoming new projects Zootopia and Moana. The former project was revealed at D23 late last summer, while the latter was just revealed last month, and now both of them will be arriving in 2016. Disney has just announced that Zootopia will get a spring release on March 4th, 2016 while Moana will arrive in the fall on November 23rd, 2016. If you haven't heard anything about these projects, keep reading to see concept art and read the official synopses.
Zootopia takes place in a world where animals live like people and have built their own civilization in a world where humans just don't exist. The official synopsis reads: "In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who's trying to make it big goes on the run when he's framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia's top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they're forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends." Zootopia is directed by Tangled helmer Byron Howard and Jared Bush wrote the script.
Meanwhile, Moana is a new female-led tale set in the South Pacific. Here's the offiicial synopsis: "Moana is about Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. During her journey she teams up with the legendary demi-god Maui to traverse the open ocean on a voyage where they will encounter enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore." Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin) are directing the film. Stay tuned for more information on both of these films.