Strange World

A journey deep into an uncharted and treacherous land, where fantastical creatures await the legendary Cladesβ€”a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest, and by far most crucial, mission.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Family
  • Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Alan Tudyk, Dennis Quaid, Gabrielle Union, Jaboukie Young-White, Lucy Liu, Alan Tudyk
  • Director: Qui Nguyen
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  • carissav-96812 - 11 January 2023
    Simple feel good movie with fun animation!
    I've seen a TON of bad reviews or this movie, and though it is a bit generic, it's honestly undeserving of the low ratings. With realistic characters and a cute story, it really went above my expectations! Not my absolute favorite but I certainly enjoyed this a lot more than Disney's recent films. Lots of people have complained about a lack of connection or excitement surrounding the characters. To this I'd compare older movies like Aristocats, Robin Hood, or Sword in the Stone. Not too much "happens" but it's pleasing to look at and a nice "winding down" feel good kind of film. Despite odd pacing with the plot, the dialogue felt realistic and the film had a pretty concrete path it followed. Overall, I'd give it a solid 7/10, for its nostalgic look and homely feel. Wasn't the best but was overall a sweet film!
  • dorycummings - 10 January 2023
    Decent to watch if you're sick and stuck in bed.
    This didn't really feel like an original movie to me. It felt like Disney's animated take on Journey to the center of the world or something. We have three generations of father issues. But hey, at least the moms are alive! Nice to see Disney actually putting in diversity of several kinds without being too scared to only put them in the background and then pat themselves on the back for being diverse; they made it blend in nicely and comfortably with the movie. But overall, I wasn't impressed and I only watched it cause I'm sick, stuck in bed and bored and decided to give a try. Wouldn't watch it again though.
  • nogodnomasters - 9 January 2023
    We are off the map.
    Contains Spoilers. The animated Disney production includes the voices of Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lucy Liu, and a bunch of people I don't know. The film is a bit odd but not because Jake Gyllenhaal is in it. Jaeger and his son Searcher are explorers. Jaeger wants to get to the other side of the mountain when his son discovers a plant that gives off energy. They split up with Jaeger going missing for 25 years while his son creates a utopia with a plant that has renewable energy. When the plants begin to die, Searcher, his family, and explorers go on a Fantastic Voyage into their world in order to save the plants. Of course they bump into Jaeger. The film concentrates too much on message and not enough on being entertaining. Dialogue was bland and predictable. Searcher's son has a special male friend who wears pink. They take a trip into the "Earth" which combines elements of "Fantastic Voyage" and "Avatar" as they try to save the living creature that is their world. Is the Gia concept still a big seller? Where is Rachel Welch when you need her?
  • maracounts - 8 January 2023
    Disney Magic, Terry Pratchett, and a strong sense of self! Yes!
    Delightful! Amazing creature design! Two distinct and beautiful worlds were created. Am entertaining, enthralling romp with a creative plot and strong characters. The worst thing is that the characters are a bit one dimensional, still good characters, just flat.

    Will watch again! It's something very unique and special. It's not your average Disney movie. It mixes strength of self, Terry Pratchett, and Disney Magic. Sure, it's idealistic, but what Disney World isn't? The colors, animals, messages, and mold breaking characters make this 10/10.

    It's a captivating world navigated by bad ass characters who are learning how to be better people.
  • MegaWatOfficial - 8 January 2023
    A more than passable World, even if nothing more than that
    After back to back releases of what seemed to be average-at-best live action remake after another, Disney seems to be FINALLY reverting back to making great originals again. Whether it be the awesome "Raya and the Last Dragon" or "Encanto" among others, Disney seems to be on a roll that they haven't been on in years, and it's great to see, with Pixar doing some heavy lifting as well, as the likes of "Soul", "Luca", and "Turning Red" are all excellent and some of the studios best in over a decade. With all of that table turning Disney has been doing, does "Strange World" continue that trend?

    Kind of. Of all of the Disney/Pixar movies released recently, the only one I feel is worse than this movie is "Frozen 2". Though, that's more of a compliment than it sounds, because I thought "Frozen 2" was fine; even if a bit uneven and bland. This movie, thankfully, is only one of those things. But before we go over that, I want to go over what this movie excels at, and that is the animation and characters. This movie is one of the most consistently creative and beautiful movies I've ever seen from Disney, and I mean it. It takes the premise this movie named itself after, and not only has fun with it, but also makes it gorgeous and full of life. The characters, as well, are all some of the most likable and memorable in an animated movie I've seen, as the dynamic between them works perfectly. Whether it be the overprotective Searcher, the overadventurous Jaeger, the potential-filled Ethan, or everyone else, I was invested in all of them, even the cute blue organism lovingly called "Splat".

    They (and the beautiful animation to a lesser extent) SAVE this movie. I'm so beyond grateful for them, because this movie would have no chance at being that good otherwise. While the story itself isn't necessarily bad, it's so packed to the gills with animated movie tropes, that it makes the movie feel bland. It seems that every time this movie shows off something that MIGHT be something big, it usually is, and it makes for an unfortunately predictable movie. Granted, the good pacing as well as the aforementioned wonderfully written characters and beautiful animation still make it a movie that will likely hook you to stay until the end. But this movie really does nothing to push the animated movie bar further, as I can think of movies from decades ago from the same company that smash this one.

    But even with that, I can also think of plenty more that are way worse. Remember the crappy "Planes" movies? This movie is basically "Citizen Kane" in comparison. Overall, this movie isn't anything special, though because of how good the characters and pacing are and how beautiful the animation is, I can still comfortably recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it. It, despite it borrowing a lot from other animated movies, manages to be a very entertaining and enjoyable movie from start to finish. It does just enough to be good, even if nothing more than that. Still a lot better than the tiresome live action remakes.
  • lbnphotography - 8 January 2023
    Typical plot drama. Cool animation
    Plot seems generic. Slightly forced character story. No issue with LGBTQ but seemed forced. The sons live life didn't seem necessary to the story being told. Perhaps if the love interest was part of the adventure it would have flowed better.

    Kids stories don't need deep back stories. Get to the point and let the adventure develop.......

    Animation is fantastic and creative. Idea of the other side of the mountain was good as it gave a goal to the adventurer. .....

    All in all it's entertaining and visually enjoyable. I just wish there was a better flow to the story and characters were relevant to the story instead of being forced.
  • surfwithalbert - 7 January 2023
    Original and amazing movie πŸŽ₯
    Amazing movie πŸŽ₯ Beautiful animation, truly original story πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

    Interesting characters.

    It was about time that Disney addressed the fact that there are all kinds of people in this world and everyone must be respected and accepted.

    Saw this movie on theaters and I wish a 3D option was available.

    You feel you are traveling to a different world.

    Lots of references to old science fiction movies as well as the comic.

    A brave a bold move from Disney Studios that deserves to be rewarded.

    I recommend this movie πŸŽ₯ to watch it with friends or family. It is currently available on Disney Plus πŸ˜ƒ !!!

    Hope you will like it!
  • bankofmarquis - 7 January 2023
    Takes too long to find it's legs
    If a film is going to be 1/2 good and 1/2 bad, is it better to have the good part first (which will get you to watch until the end) or last (which will leave you with a good feeling, if you make it that far). With the new Disney Animated Film STRANGE WORLD it is bad first, good second. So, if you stick through the disjointed first part of this film, you'll be rewarded for your persistence with an interesting and satisfying finale.

    A nod to the "Pulp Magazine" Science Fiction works of the 1950's, STRANGE WORLD follows the adventures of the Clade clan as they try to find out what is beyond the hills of their land with the central conflict of this movie being that the Grandfather - the great explorer Jaeger Clade - wanting to explore. His son, Searcher Clade, wanting to stay put and the Grandson, Ethan Clade, caught between the 2.

    It is pretty standard fare that is made all the more confusing by the setup of the premise and the clumsy introduction of the myriad of characters and situations that leads the audience to the exploration adventure that is to come.

    Written and Co-Directed by Qui Nguyen (and directed by Don Hall) - both of whom are responsible for the criminally under-rated RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON - Strange World stumbles out of the gate and spends the first 1/2 (maybe even the first 2/3) trying to recover from that stumble.

    It finally does get it's legs under itself and the end is worth the patience one must have to get through the beginning.

    The voice cast is steady - but unspectacular. Jake Gyllenhaal (Searcher), Gabrielle Union (Meridian Clade - the Mom and pilot), Jaboukie Young-White (Ethan, the Grandson), Lucy Liu (explorer Callisto Mal) and Dennis Quaid (Jaeger, the Grandfather) all put in "professional" work, but none of them stick out - which is especially disappointing in Quaid's case, for his character looks like it was written to be the quirky, different, interesting character.

    Disney animation has had a mixed bag with "action/adventure" animated films. For every BIG HERO 6, there are TREASURE PLANET attempts that seemed earnest and well-meaning, but just don't hit the mark.

    If you are in the mood for a good Disney/Animated adventure that comes from Hall and Nguyen, skip STRANGE WORLD and, instead, check out RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON.

    Letter Grade: C+

    5 1/2 stars (out of 10) - and you can take that to the Bank(ofMarquis)
  • rune-67765 - 7 January 2023
    Liked the movie was good
    I liked the film thought it was a good watch i liked how it went the pace the characters the animation was good. How everything looked and the the story going a certain way then changing at some point i wont say when as no spoilers. I took a look through the reviews saw some good and plenty of ok and plenty of bad to.

    I do not get all the bad once giving so low well the half giving 5 stars i find just means it is a ok film but the once below i dont get some are sounding as if there reviewing something other than a film. People expect to much or something perfect these days instead of just expecting something good or ok and sitting down and watching and enjoying the film.

    I think its a good watch for kids family or adults just may not be for everyone especially those who take films to seriously and then review it as such just enjoy it its a good film to watch maybe get as a dvd you can pull out every now and then to watch.
  • jim-94310 - 7 January 2023
    A. MAY. ZING.
    There seems to be a lot of negativity towards this film which, in my opinion is very unjustified. Yes, it's an environmental wake up call film/let's not let history repeat itself/adventure, but what a feast for your eyes! Bear in mind that the entire film is CGI, but those Disney geniuses somehow managed to make the CGI look real compared to elements of the film! Who else could make CGI characters look this real then add a 'Splat' and it still look real? (ie: Mary Poppins) All in all a beautiful, wonderful, amazing adventure! Switch your brain off for two hours and enjoy. Well done Disney, shake off the haters and keep up the good work!
  • ensilumikarppi - 6 January 2023
    Beautiful
    Beautiful like a picture book with engaging characters and (for Disney) some unique family dynamics. I mean, when did the parents ever before take part in their kid's adventures in a Disney movie? Weren't parents (or lack thereof) supposed to be just a part of the framework or the initiating incident that forces the teenagers to be the heroes in the world of useless (or evil) adults?

    Here Disney has boldly decided that they don't necessarily always have to teach kids that the only way to have adventures and build independent thoughts and skills is apart from their family. Parents can actually be a part of that journey; parents usually are supposed to be a part of that. What a revelation. Applause for that, Disney.

    On the other hand, as beautiful and as refreshing as Strange Worlds was, it also suffered from the very things that made it so fresh. The security of the main family lacked a moving force for the plot, it didn't have much to build towards. The movie also didn't demonstrate well any outside force strong enough to move the well balanced family to action that would grip a moviegoer more than as a curious excitement. I wonder if the writers depended too much on the novelty of this new kind of main ensemble that they forgot to put equal effort to the plot.

    Everything was solved too smoothly. The support of parents and a grandparent and adult family friends and a convenient blue blob meant that even the potentially more threatening parts of the "strange world" didn't feel that threatening. It was only a slightly thrilling joyride of an adventure, not a "real" overcoming-of-world-ending-evil-or-at-least-lasting-emotional-damage adventure.

    But isn't that kind of what a safe childhood is supposed to feel like, a thrilling joyride with some dangers that are actually proportionally possible for a kid to overcome and where parents and other adults are there to help when it gets too much for their skills. I'm not saying that the slow dying of a world supporting gigantic living organism is a proportionally appropriate challenge for a teenager to solve. The movie just made it feel like, with the support of family, it very well could be. I think that is a beautiful message for a family movie.

    All in all, I think Strange World succeeded in being a beautiful picture book of a utopian fantasy movie, and (hopefully) one of the many coming Disney films that dare to challenge (not demolish) the expected format of a moving picture storytelling.
  • Anurag-Shetty - 6 January 2023
    Visually striking & nothing more.
    Strange World tells the story of Searcher Clade(Jake Gyllenhaal), his son Ethan Clade(Jaboukie Young-White), his wife Meridian Clade(Gabrielle Union) & his father. The legendary explorer Jaeger Clade(Dennis Quaid). The Clades go on an adventure that is of the utmost importance but, differences in opinion threatens to undermine the mission.

    Strange World is just an above average film. Director Don Hall has given us a movie that is not at all funny, which is one of the main things an animated movie should be. There are absolutely no scenes that will tug at your heartstrings either. This is surprising, especially since this is a Disney film. The audience will never get fully invested in the main plot of the movie. The animation is flawless. The set pieces are great. The 3D is eye-popping. The vocal performances are the highlight of the film. Jake Gyllenhaal is spectacular as Searcher Clade. Jaboukie Young-White is outstanding as Ethan Clade. Gabrielle Union is fantastic as Meridian Clade. Dennis Quaid is excellent as Jaeger Clade. The supporting cast is impressive. Strange World is not really worth a watch because it doesn't match up to the high standards of Walt Disney Animation Studios' movies of the past. Just watch it if you have a lot of time to kill, albeit with super low expectations. Please do better next time, Disney!
  • mbouchagour - 6 January 2023
    Not as bad as I've been told!!!
    I hesitated a lot before I watch this movie. Heard a lot of bad reviews and criticism. After watching it, it's not the greatest movie but it's not that bad either. I'm not an expert or a movie critic so as long as a movie entertain me I'm ok with that. The movie in mainly about father/son relationship. Now that I'm in my 40's I understand how complicated it can be. I expected more from my father, he expected more from me, but at the end what counts the most is that unspoken love we have for each other. This movie reminded me how much I love my father and how"unfair"I am sometimes with him.

    You should watch this movie by your self to make your own opinion, maybe you will get a different message. I will most probably watch it again.
  • martinhusby - 6 January 2023
    Great Movie
    I really liked the story in the movie, and the plot twists in it. It may not be the first time something like it has been made, but I liked it nonetheless.

    The graphics are nice. Though it is not the best, it is still good.

    The inclusivity in the movie is good. Most movies that try to be inclusive mostly feel forced, but this didn't, at least in my opinion.

    The story has some similarities to the real world, but I can't really go in depth on that without spoiling some parts if the story. So I won't spoil for you. You gotta watch the movie for yourself.

    I overall liked the movie, and where they went with the story.