There’s more than a slight irony that Strange World is released on the same week that Disney CEO Bob Chapek was sacked as the company, under his leadership, has lost its way in recent years. More interested in making political points than doing what they do best, that is telling a story, Strange World encompasses everything that has been wrong with Disney under Chapek’s leadership. With a lack of originality, we’ll come to that later, and a green agenda, which isn’t a bad thing but do we really need to have it in a Disney animated film, Strange World is one of the poorest films from Disney in a very long time.

Jaeger Clade (Dennis Quaid) and his son Searcher (Jake Gyllenhaal) live on a planet called Avalonia and it’s on this planet that Searcher discovers a plant that’s the answer to all the planets energy problems and he calls it Pando.

25 years later Searcher has made a name for himself by harvesting Pando and turning it into a fuel resource for Avalonia. One day Callisto Mal, the leader of Avalonia, shows up in a giant flying ship to tell him that Pando is dying across the planet and they need his help in trying to find out the cause.

Finding that the problem might be at the bottom of a giant sinkhole Searcher, his wife Meridian (Gabrielle Union), his son Ethan (Jaboukie Young-White) and the family dog, who is the best thing in the film, head into the planets core in search of an answer.

Watching Strange World would give you the impression that whilst thinking up the idea for the film someone has shown the creative team James Cameron’s Avatar for the first time as it has, from the name of the plant to the blue characters to the vegetation, more than a passing resemblance to Avatars Pandora.

It’s hard to see who Strange World is aimed at, besides eco warriors, as there’s very little to entertain adults and young children might find the story slightly confusing come to that so might adults.

With Lightyear also being a big disappointment earlier this year hopefully, with Disney back under the guidance of Bob Iger, the next Disney film might be better than Strange World.


Strange World

Director: Don Hall
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, Denis Quaid

UK/US Release: Cinemas November 23rd 2022