‘Strange World’ Preview Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A preview of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Strange World” has opened at Walt Disney Presents in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Posters for “Strange World” now decorate the entrance and marquee of Walt Disney Presents.

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The film is hitting theaters on November 23. However, due to France’s strict streaming regulations, it will go straight to Disney+ there.

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The preview is at the end of the walkthrough attraction in the movie theater.

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This action-adventure journey follows a world-famous family of explorers, however along the way, their differences threaten to derail – and almost topple – their most crucial mission to date. The story follows the Clade Family as they journey deep into an unchartered and treacherous land inhabited by fantastical creatures. The family is joined by a devilish blue blob, a three-legged dog, and others as they make their way in this strange and wondrous land.

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The sneak peek is introduced by Jake Gyllenhaal and Gabrielle Union, who star as Searcher and Meridian Clade.

In the sneak peek, Searcher Clade (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up to Splat (a Flubber-like jellyfish creature) trying to steal his things. His dog chases Splat away. Searcher chases after his dog, and they run into an unfriendly giant squid. About to meet an untimely fate, a mysterious figure saves them by shooting fire at the squid. Searcher introduces himself to the mysterious figure, even though he assumes that it won’t understand his “top world” language. The figure then reveals his face, and Searcher realizes it’s his long-lost father.

The next scene has Ethan, Searcher’s son, meeting Splat. Splat also leads Ethan to an attack squid, but Searcher and his dad save him. Searcher’s dad’s weapon breaks, so they take off running. Searcher’s wife and Ethan’s mom, Meridian Clade, picks them up in a ship. The tentacles keep attacking, but Ethan electrocutes them, and they escape for now.

The rest of the sneak peek was short clips from the “Strange World” trailers.

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This film marks Jake Gyllenhaal’s first Disney animated feature. He is joined by an all-star cast, including Dennis Quaid as Jaeger Clade (Searcher’s larger-than-life explorer father), Jaboukie Young-White as Ethan Clade (Searcher’s 16 year-old son who longs for adventure beyond his father’s farm while also navigating a school crush), Gabrielle Union as Meridian Clade (a pilot and natural leader, mom to Ethan, and wife of Searcher), and Lucy Liu as Callisto Mal (the head of the land of Avalonia and the leader of the exploration into the strange world).

“Strange World” will have the company’s first openly gay teen romance in a feature film. This was reported from a segment of the movie shown at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival this summer, where Ethan flirted with a boy named Diazo. As Diazo was not announced among the main characters, we can assume a romance between him and Ethan will not be a main plot of the film.

“Strange World” is directed by Don Hall (“Big Hero 6,” “Raya.” and “The Last Dragon”). Qui Nguyen (“Raya” and “The Last Dragon”) is the co-director and writer. Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6,” “Tangled”) is the producer.

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