Walt Disney Animation Studios has taken us to beautiful, even mystical worlds that are far beyond our reach and yet filled with grounded characters. Now they delve into the strange by reuniting a familiar creative team behind one of their most popular films. Today, the studio revealed their first look at Strange World an animated adventure helmed by director Don Hall (Big Hero 6, Raya and the Last Dragon) and co-director/writer Qui Nguyen (Raya and the Last Dragon), and produced by Roy Conli (Big Hero 6, Tangled).
Strange World is an all-new action-adventure animated feature that “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.”
According to director Hall, Strange World is based on the “pulp magazines” that circulated from the 1890s to the 1950s. Popular pulp magazine titles include Amazing Stories and Weird Tales. And some of the more notable pulp magazine artists and writers include Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard, who created characters like Tarzan and Conan the Barbarian, respectively.
“I loved reading the old issues of pulps growing up,” he said. “They were big adventures in which a group of explorers might discover a hidden world or ancient creatures. They’ve been a huge inspiration for Strange World.”
The above image shows us a vast world, with presumably a father and son pair in the foreground looking at a vast, warmly lit world that’s full of prehistoric-looking creatures and massive mesa mountains that seem to branch out like trees. Based on that image alone, Strange World will be one of Disney’s most ambitious animated features to date in terms of size and scale.
Not much else is known about Strange World, other than who’s on the creative team and the feature’s inspirations. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on November 23, 202, which is a favorable date for Walt Disney Animation Studios as many of their previous films like Frozen, Moana, and Encanto also opened around that time. All three were all met with critical and commercial success.