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Disney’s Strange World | Dr. Elizabeth Rega and Dr. Stuart Sumida on the Real Science in Animation

Despite the fictional setting and story of Strange World, there is always the realism of science at the base of the film.

Dr. Elizabeth Rega and Dr. Stuart Sumida have been scientist consultants on many animated films for years. In Strange World, the scientific aspects are crucial in telling a complete story of living organisms in this one giant ecosystem.

Here is the official film synopsis:

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 called Splat; Legend, the family dog; and a slew of ravenous creatures.

The voice cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, and Lucy Lui. Don Hall (Big Hero 6, Raya and the Last Dragon) helmed the animated film with co-director and writer Qui Nguyen (Raya and the Last Dragon co-writer).

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with the scientists Dr. Elizabeth Rega and Dr. Stuart Sumida on their roles and influences in crafting the film’s story and characters.

Dr. Stuart Sumida received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in biology from UCLA and taught for the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is a biology professor at California State University San Bernardino. As a scientific advisor, his television and film credits included Lion King, Tarzan, How to Train Your Dragon, Life of Pi, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ratatouille.

Dr. Elizabeth Rega received her undergraduate degrees in biology and German from Valparaiso University and later her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in biological anthropology. She is a professor of anatomy at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, and an associate vice provost. She consulted on character design and animation of lead characters in films such as Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Brother Bear, Tarzan, and John Henry. On the film side, she assisted with human anatomical materials for Hollowman and Beowulf.

Strange World is now available digitally, 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Dr. Elizabeth Rega and Dr. Stuart Sumida below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Disney

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