Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of Walt Disney Animation's 'Strange World'

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Strange World

STRANGE WORLD director Don Hall and the Disney animation team take us behind the scenes on the making of the new Walt Disney Animation movie.

In addition to Hall, CineMovie also chatted with co-director/writer Qui Nguyen, Production Designer Mehrdad Isvandi, Head of Environments Sean Jenkins, producer Roy Conli and Head of Animation Amy Smeed and Justin Sklar. 

The STRANGE WORLD filmmakers are putting the final touches on the animated movie so Disney only made a few sequences available at the time of the interview. The director and the animation team filled us in on the status of the film, and what items were still being completed. We also touched upon the influences behind the adventure. You can tell from the few clips made available, the film is inspired by the Jules Vern stories with 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH vibes. 


STRANGE WORLD opens in U.S. theaters this Nov. 23rd, the feature film introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog and a slew of ravenous creatures. “Inspired by classic adventure stories," said director Don Hall, “‘Strange World’ is an original animated adventure/comedy about three generations of the Clade family who overcome their differences while exploring a strange, wondrous and oftentimes hostile world.”

The voice cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal as Searcher Clade, a family man who finds himself out of his element on an unpredictable mission; Dennis Quaid as Searcher’s larger-than-life explorer father, Jaeger; Jaboukie Young-White as Searcher’s 16-year-old son, Ethan, who longs for adventure; Gabrielle Union as Meridian Clade, an accomplished pilot and Searcher’s partner in all things; and Lucy Liu as Callisto Mal, Avalonia’s fearless leader who spearheads the exploration into the strange world. “Strange World” is helmed by Don Hall (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Raya and the Last Dragon”) and co-director/writer Qui Nguyen (co-writer “Raya and the Last Dragon”), and produced by Roy Conli (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Tangled”).

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