Walt Disney Animation Studios have today revealed some awesome news for their upcoming animated film Moana. The film, which was previously thought to be slated for released in 2018, will be in theaters late 2016!

Moana (which means 'ocean' in many Polynesian languages) is being directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the team behind films such as The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, and Aladdin. They had this to say about the film:

"John and I have partnered on so many films...Creating 'Moana' is one of the great thrills of our career. It's a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania."

On top of this news they also released some concept art from the film, take a look:

Wow, it looks stunning! But being Disney that's hardly surprising.

Here's the official synopsis for Moana:

"In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, 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."

Moana will be the first Polynesian princess for Disney and with the vast mythologies that Polynesian cultures have to offer, I have no doubt it will be amazing! Using the legendary and mischievous demi-god, Maui as Moana's teammate is an inspired choice, the mythology surrounding Maui is begging to be turned into film.

Take a look at these three Maui myths that I think would be awesome to include in Disney's Moana:

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