From the studio that brought you “Encanto” and “Big Hero 6” comes “Strange World,” an original action-packed comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios that journeys deep into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await the legendary Clades, a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest—and by far— most crucial mission.
At its core, Disney’s “Strange World” is a story about family, specifically three generations who each are seeking their place in the world. Searcher Clade (voiced by Jake Gyllenhaal) is a brilliant family man—who, as a teenager, discovered a plant-based power source that changed the world of Avalonia. Even with a statue in town in his honor, Searcher is at his core a humble farmer, growing, harvesting, and distributing the crop alongside his wife and son. Searcher’s dad, Jaeger (voiced by Dennis Quaid), set out at a young age to be the kind of explorer legends are made of. A statue in town (right next to Searcher’s) memorialized the great explorer, who has not been seen in 25 years, presumed lost during an expedition. Searcher’s son, Ethan (voiced by Jaboukie Young-White), is a happy 16-year-old with a great sense of humor and a decent work ethic (for a teenager). Ethan helps on the farm, but he’s not sure he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps. The three Clades have huge differences that can prove divisive—and at the same time, they have more in common than any of them is willing to admit.
Can the motley crew of adventurers – that includes a mischievous blob and a three-legged dog – set aside their differences as they face the slew of dangerous and fantastical creatures in what could be their biggest mission yet?
The film is directed by Oscar winner Don Hall (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Raya the Last Dragon”), co-directed and written by Qui Nguyen (“Raya and the Last Dragon”), and produced by Roy Conli (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6”, “Tangled”). Also joining this colorful and exciting adventure is a star-studded voice cast that includes Lucy Liu (lending her voice to Callisto Mal, Avalonia’s fearless leader who spearheads the exploration into the strange world) and Gabrielle Union (lending her voice to Meridian Clade, an accomplished pilot and Searcher’s partner in all things).