STRANGE WORLD (2022) Reviews of surreal animated Disney movie

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‘Journey to a place where nothing is as it appears!’
Strange World is a 2022 American animated Disney film in which a family of explorers encounters fantastical creatures.

Directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh; Big Hero 6; Moana; Raya and the Last Dragon) from a screenplay written by Qui Nguyen (She Kills Monsters). Produced by Roy Conli.

“Travel past space and time to a place of infinite mystery… Jake Gyllenhaal lends his voice to Searcher Clade, the son of a steadfast explorer. The original action-adventure journeys deep into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await the legendary Clades, a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest — and by far — most crucial mission.”


“Aside from the early hand-drawn animation, some promising character beats in the first act, a catchy ending credits song, and some admittedly radiant aesthetics, Strange World gets lost in the ordinary for far too long. It’s not strange enough.” Flickering Myth

“The clunky script feels like it’s been re-drafted and re-drafted to the point of incomprehension – blowing any chance of conveying a message. However well-meaning, it makes for a surprisingly dull watch. That said, my five-and-three-quarter-year-old (and clearly a few other younger people in the cinema) were a bit scared by some of the dicier moments of action-adventure peril.” 2 out of 5, The Guardian

“The animation might have lively vivacity, and the world Hall and Nguyen built is quite extraordinary, with impressive creature designs. Still, the rest of the film is just a droll, lacking any sort of emotional heft or engagement factor. Strange World doesn’t live up to what it initially presented itself as, nor end up surprising you with what it exactly is, which is a tedious and predictable feature…” Loud and Clear

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In the United States, Strange World was released theatrically by Disney on November 23, 2022.

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