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Disney Sets Release Dates for ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Moana’

Zootopia’ will open on March 4, 2016, while ‘Moana’ will open November 23, 2016.

'Moana’ opens November 23, 2016.

Disney has a full slate, with 21 tentpole features slated for release in the next three years via Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and Pixar as well as the Disney brand, and it looks like two of their previously "Untitled Disney Animation" slots have now been filled with Zootopia and Moana, both of which will be released in 3D.

Zootopia will bow nationwide on March 4, 2016, and centers on a fast-talking fox on the run after being framed for a crime he didn't commit. He teams with the self-righteous rabbit cop who's chasing him to unlock a bigger conspiracy. It is being directed by Byron Howard (Tangled) and written by Jared Bush.

Directed by the team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin), the South Pacific-set Moana will see release on November 23, 2016, and follows the title navigator as she sets sail in search of a fabled island. 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.

As of now, Zootopia opens the same day as Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, while Moana opens the week after the new Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The next release from WDAS is the short film Frozen Fever, a continuation of the popular Frozen franchise.

Source: Walt Disney Animation Studios

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.