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Disney To Release Two Animated Features: Moana and Zootopia

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Zootopia opens Friday, March 4. - COURTESY WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS
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  • Zootopia opens Friday, March 4.


For the first time in more than a decade, Walt Disney Animation Studios will release two feature-length films in one year.

Moana, directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (who worked together on 1992's Aladdin and 2009's The Princess and the Frog), is the story of a young woman and her demigod companion who set sail in search of a fabled island. Moana opens in November. 

You don't have to wait until Thanksgiving, though, because Zootopia opens Friday, March 4, and it promises to be one of those movies that will have adults and kids laughing equally hard. In the city of Zootopia, con artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) unwillingly becomes a pawn in an unlawful plot. When zealous but upstanding new rookie rabbit cop Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) gets dragged into the same conspiracy, she and Nick must work together to uncover who's behind the scheme. As if trying to figure out who's framing them isn't difficult enough, their investigation takes them to the DMV.