‘Strange World’: How an environmental allegory fuels Disney’s latest animated adventure


Disney’s latest animated adventure, strange world, has strong environmental themes. (Photo: ©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Stop us if this sounds familiar: in the face of an unprecedented energy crisis, the citizens of a busy and busy planet must abandon their dependence on a popular energy source in favor of alternative energies that are less taxing on their planet. It’s a story you’ll see in daily headlines, as well as on the big screen in Walt Disney Studios’ all-new animated feature, strange world, Walt Disney Studios. Co-directed by Don Hall and Qui Nguyen, the Jules Verne-inspired adventure has already made headlines for featuring Mouse House’s first gay teenage character. But the film’s environmental message is just as dear to the directors.

“The environment is something we think about every day,” Nguyen told Yahoo Entertainment. “As parents, we want our children to have a future — it’s as simple as that. We must therefore realize that the choices we make today will affect that future. As people who care about our children, this is a conversation worth having in every family.

In the world of strange world – a land called Avalonia – the population’s energy crisis was initially solved by teenage explorer Searcher Clade (voiced by Jake Gyllenhaal), who discovered a battery-shaped plant while on an expedition with his famous father, Jaeger (Dennis Quaid). Rather than follow his father deeper into the unknown, Searcher…

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