Travel past space and time to a place of infinite mystery… Jake Gyllenhaal lends his voice to Searcher Clade, the son of a steadfast explorer. The original action-adventure 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. Strange World is directed by American animation writer / filmmaker Don Hall, director of the Disney movies Winnie the Pooh, Big Hero 6, Moana, and Raya and the Last Dragon previously. The screenplay is written by Qui Nguyen, who also co-directs with Hall. Produced by Roy Conli, made at Walt Disney Animation Studios. (synopsis courtesy First Showing)
I love stumbling on an unexpected possible animation gem.
I say “possible” because we only have the one trailer to go on so far but oh what a gloriously enticing piece of promotion it is, with an intoxicating riot of dazzling imagination, vividly-realised and very funny characters and what looks like a beating heart of humanity at its core.
Half the fun I suspect is going to be living in this world for a couple of hours with a menagerie of weirdly wonderful creatures and a protagonist in Searcher Clade who, when he utters “We are in way over our heads… I’m not an explorer, I’m a farmer!”, clearly does not want to be on this trippy journey.
But I very much suspect we will want to be when Strange World premieres in cinemas on 23 November in USA and 24 November in Australia.