The trailer for Weird Planet, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest animated picture starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a farmer named Ethan Clade who is transported to a genuine strange new world alongside his family of famed explorers, has been published. The family’s newest journey to a region beyond space and time, as the logline suggests, will need them to put their differences aside and work together if they are to return home. Adventure story in the Disney tradition.
Of course, as you can see below, Strange World has a number of distinguishing characteristics that set it unique from other Disney animated films (and may make this soft-launch campaign more appropriate):
First, there’s the titular premise of the “strange world” this film will visit: it looks like the weird creatures won’t reach the fantastical level of Avatar’s Pandora or the imaginative fun of how films like Soul and Inside Out have personified our spiritual and emotional selves, so it could end up being more creepy than cool in design (respectively). Then there are films like Ecanto and Mitchells vs. the Machines, which have recently given fantastic family-bonding stories in enormous blockbuster-style settings. Strange World feels like it’s coasting in the centre of everything so far…
“I loved reading the old issues of pulps growing up,” Strange World director Don Hall (Big Hero 6) told Variety. “They were big adventures in which a group of explorers might discover a hidden world or ancient creatures. They’ve been a huge inspiration for ‘Strange World.'”
Don Hall will reunite with writer Qui Nguyen for Disney’s Strange World; the two previously cooperated on the Disney animated feature Raya and the Last Dragon, which was published on Disney+ in 2021. Beyond that, information for Starnge World is surprisingly scarce – Gyllenhaal’s casting was only revealed with the release of this teaser trailer. The official site of the Walt Disney Company has some further information on Strange World:
A teaser trailer and poster for the all-new feature film Strange World were published today by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Searcher Clade, the son of a staunch explorer, is voiced by Jake Gyllenhaal (The Guilty, Spider-Man: Far from Home). The original action-adventure ventures deep into an undiscovered and treacherous country where magical animals await the legendary Clades, a family of explorers whose differences threaten to derail their most important quest yet.