Walt Disney Animation Studios has officially announced the release dates of its next two animated feature films, both of which will be arriving in U.S. theaters in 2016.
Zootopia, which was publicly announced at the 2013 D23 Expo, will open in U.S. theaters in 3D on March 4th, 2016. Directed Byron Howard (Tangled), the CG-animated comedy is set in a world of anthropomorphic animals (think Disney’s 1972 classic Robin Hood). It’s main stars are a fox and a rabbit (make sure to check out the awesome cover of the November 2014 Wired magazine to get a teaser of these characters).
Moana, which was the subject of the animation rumor mill for which seemed like forever, is now official and will coming to U.S. theaters in 3D on November 23rd, 2016. It’s the first CG-animated feature directed by the great Disney duo Ron Clements and John Musker (The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, and The Princess and the Frog). The adventure film tells the story of a teenage girl in the South Pacific who, along with the legendary demigod Maui, cross the ocean “in an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest.”
We can’t wait! Stay tuned to Animation Fascination for the latest animation news and commentary.
Source: Hollywood Reporter