Moana will be Disney’s second Pacific Islander heroine (the first being Lilo in 2002’s Lilo & Stitch) and its fifth princess of colour. Ron Clements and John Musker will take the helm, making their first move into CG animation after directing The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Princess And The Frog.
The much-anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo has been in development since 2005 but now finally has a release date of June 17, 2016. Finding Dory will see the return of Dory (who is revealed to be a witch doctor), Nemo, Marlin, and the Tank Gang.
Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton will write and direct, while Ellen DeGeneres, who has campaigned vorciferously for a sequel via her talk show, will return as the voice of Dory. But it’s unlikely Alexander Gould will be reprising the role of Nemo, which he voiced in 2003 at nine years old, as we’re guessing his voice is a bit deeper now.
Disney’s newest animated feature, Zootopia, is a comedy-adventure starring Officer Judy Hopps, a rookie bunny cop who has to team up with fast-talking scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to crack her first case in the all-animal city of Zootopia. This lushly illustrated book offers a behind-the-scenes view of the elaborate artistry involved in creating the film.