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Strange World is out now in theaters everywhere from Walt Disney Animation. This time, the house of the mouse is taking us to a “Strange World” as we have never seen before. Director Don Hall calls it an “allegory for Planet Earth”. But despite the colorful world and strange creatures we will be introduced to, the story is much simpler but more profound than you can expect.
Strange World is about family. Specifically the relationship between a father and son. Then adding a third generation to add even more perspective. As parents, we think we know what the best path for our kids will be. But what happens when they want to take a different route? As sons/daughters we in most cases love and respect our parents but as individuals, we have our own ideas as to what is our ideal path. These thoughts and actions can strain relationships and cause friction in families. This is what we explore in Strange World.
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In this film, we will see three generations of the Clade family all looking for their place in their world. Searcher Clade, voiced by Jake Gyllenhaal, is a genius family man that discovered a plant-based power source that changed the world. His father, Jaeger Clade, voiced by Dennis Quaid, became a legendary explorer that no one has heard from in decades. Then there is the latest in the line of Clade’s Ethan. A 16-year-old that is unsure if he wants to continue in his father’s footsteps. These three despite their differences have a lot more in common than they want to admit.
During a recent press event that LRM Online attended, Hall talked about how kids and his father were a source of inspiration for Strange World.
“It started with just this idea of thinking about my kids and thinking about what kind of world they’re gonna inherit. That was top of mind, you know, many years ago when I started this. And, you know, wanting to tell a story that speaks to that, that speaks to how do we become good ancestors?” Said Hall
Quaid talked about this legacy that Jaeger wants his son to carry on like a tradition and how Searcher doesn’t want that. Then how the cycle starts all over with Searcher and Cyle.
“He was a fixated person, you know? He sees himself as the greatest explorer the world has ever known. You know, wants his son, in that traditional sense to carry on the banner and the legacy of all that. Both Jake and Jaeger, I think, are hypocritical without knowing it, but they wind up doing the exact thing that they fought against to do You know?” Said Quaid.
Strange World can have us look at ourselves and our families and look at what kind of realistic or unrealistic expectations we have of each other.
Disney Animations’ Strange World is now playing in theaters everywhere.