There doesn’t seem to be a lot this holiday season hitting theaters for younger viewers and families. But, right on schedule, Disney has a new animated adventure for kids and families to watch together. Strange World brings an original story to the screen of the Clade family who goes on an adventure to a world beneath their own surface to try to save the world and their own way of life. The result is a beautiful movie that will keep you visually stimulated, and engaged and will make you wonder about the world around us that we never see.
Like every Disney movie and release, there of course is a message that goes just beneath the main story. Strange World seems to have a couple of them that continues to hit hard throughout the movie. The main story is about taking care of the world around you and taking care of it so that it is there for future generations, and that the best way to do that is to work with the world for greater success, even if it means changing what you are doing. This a very timely message with the current state of the climate issues in the world.
But Strange World also seems to hit a bit of the generational differences and trauma that expectations can cause others. It does show that by working together and accepting differences families can come together again. This, of course, is just on the sideline of the main story and adventure that happens in the world.
The world in Strange World is visually interesting, and some of the creatures almost seem like they were created from doodles that someone found on their fridge. Creative and otherworldly creatures greet the Clade family and take them on adventures they didn’t know they needed to go on. Add in the three-legged family dog Legend, and Splat, an alien that basically becomes one of the family – there’s enough comic relief to go around even in the sometimes tense moments of the film.
The story in Strange World is original, and the animation is somewhat of a work of art. While the messaging, at times does get a bit heavy, it is not enough to distract from the movie or the adventure. Strange World will captivate you, and make you want to explore parts of our own world that we don’t actually see, and even change how you interact with the world we live in now.
The movie is now in theaters and will be a great adventure and escape for kids during the holiday season.
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About Strange World:
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ original action-packed adventure “Strange World” introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog and a slew of ravenous creatures. The voice cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal as Searcher Clade, a family man who finds himself out of his element on an unpredictable mission; Dennis Quaid as Searcher’s larger-than-life explorer father, Jaeger; Jaboukie Young-White as Searcher’s 16-year-old son, Ethan, who longs for adventure; Gabrielle Union as Meridian Clade, an accomplished pilot and Searcher’s partner in all things; and Lucy Liu as Callisto Mal, Avalonia’s fearless leader who spearheads the exploration into the strange world. Helmed by Don Hall (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Raya and the Last Dragon”) and co-director/writer Qui Nguyen (co-writer “Raya and the Last Dragon”), and produced by Roy Conli (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Tangled”), “Strange World” releases November 23, 2022.