My 18-year-old daughter, her college friend, and I had a fun ride with Disney’s Strange World. The various textured details of hair, face, material, and scenery were mind-blowing. We were impressed with the retro-comic stylized look, as well as the CGI, 3D animation, mesmerizing color pallet, well-built characters, and amusing story. Recent movies have been disappointing across the board, while “Strange World” held my interest from the opening scene all the way through to the final credit scroll.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, here is a movie about “three generations learning to be okay with everyone charting their own course.” Disney’s “Strange World” is only in theaters November 23.
The feature film introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, who attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land. They are accompanied by a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog, and a slew of fascinating but ravenous creatures.
“Inspired by classic adventure stories,” said director Don Hall, “‘Strange World’ is an original animated adventure/comedy about three generations of the Clade family who overcome their differences while exploring a strange, wondrous, and oftentimes hostile world.”
The voice cast includes the talents of 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.
“Strange World” is 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”).
You will like this movie if you enjoy other animated, action, adventure, comedy, family, fantasy, and sci-fi such as: “Ice Age”, “The Mitchells vs. the Machines”, “Megamind”, “Home”, or “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”.
According to Stella Rating: Family Viewing Disclaimer (1/low – 5/high scale)
“Strange World” is rated PG by the MPAA due to “action/peril and some thematic elements”. The movie includes several action/adventure sequences. Also, Disney was able to disregard stereotypical tropes by normalizing characters in interracial families, as well as representing confident female adults and a gay teen. My 18-year-old daughter and I give the movie a PG rating of:
- 1 – SEX/NUDITY
- 3 – VIOLENCE/GORE
- 1 – PROFANITY
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