Strange World , the latest animated adventure from the unstoppable entertainment empire that is Disney , comes in hot and heavy over most of its 102-minute runtime. Set in a universe that's both intriguing and confusing, it offers everything from trippy visuals to daddy issues. Were they not accompanying small children, the adults in the audience might be advised to get high before stepping into this overstuffed creation. Our main character is Searcher Clade ( Jake Gyllenhaal ), a farmer who specializes in growing a plant-based natural resource called pando. Searcher is the main supplier of this mysterious power source, which largely runs his homeland of Avalonia. So when his crops start dying, the president (Lucy Liu) ropes him into an expedition deep underground to find the root cause. Searcher forces his teenage son, Ethan (Jaboukie Young-White), to accompany him on this quest, much to the boy's chagrin. Also along for the ride are Searcher's crop-duster pilot wife, … [Read more...] about This Thanksgiving, Disney invites families to an overstuffed ‘Strange World’
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Click here to read the full article. Hollywood has come to expect a few things around Thanksgiving: a hearty turkey dinner, plenty of family time… and a Disney movie to rule the box office. In keeping with tradition, the Magic Kingdom is poised to stuff the competition over the busy holiday weekend as “ Strange World ,” an animated adventure about a family of legendary explorers, opens in theaters. But it’s a leftover, Disney’s “ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ,” that’s expected to claim the No. 1 spot in North America. The superhero sequel looks to extend its reign as it aims to collect at least $40 million between Wednesday and Sunday. So far, “Wakanda Forever” has grossed a sizable $287 million at the domestic box office and $545 million globally. More from Variety 'Strange World' Review: Disney Expands Its Horizons, and It's a Beautiful Thing to See Korea Box Office: 'Wakanda Forever' Narrowly Holds off New Releases Box Office: 'Black Panther: Wakanda … [Read more...] about Disney to Dominate Thanksgiving Box Office With ‘Strange World’ and ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’
Disney has two movies in theaters right now starring queer characters—but you’d be hard-pressed to name both of them. In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever , Michaela Coel plays a warrior with a female partner, a relationship given the most cursory of nods toward the end of the movie when the pair calls each other “love.” That feint toward sexual diversity is par for the course with Disney movies these days: sprinkle a little queerness in there for the folks at home, but not too much, so that it can be easily excised for the overseas release. (Either way, bigots are unhappy.) Very much not par for the course, though, is the other Disney movie with a queer hero playing this weekend. Strange World boasts not only a queer teen lead, voiced by IRL queer comedy icon Jaboukie Young-White , but that queer teen is also biracial. Between the explicit queerness and the interracial family at its center, Strange World is shockingly progressive—well, as far as Hollywood family films go. … [Read more...] about ‘Strange World’ Is Disney’s First Animated Movie With a Gay Lead. Why Is It Being Buried?
The Walt Disney Co. looks like it has another woke box office bomb on its hands. Strange World , the environmentally themed animated adventure featuring the studio’s first openly gay teen character in a cartoon feature, grossed a mere $800,000 in previews on Tuesday, signaling weak moviegoer interest headed into the lucrative Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The movie was expected to gross $30 million to $40 million during the five-day weekend. But the dismal preview figure means Strange World will have trouble reaching that goal, with some reports estimating an opening weekend as low as $23 million. Since the movie cost a reported $180 million to make, Disney will have a tough time recouping its costs during its theatrical run. Strange World follows the adventures of the Clade family of explorers, who set out to save their civilization’s primary source of energy — a plant called the Pando — which has become endangered. Watch below: In a recent interview, … [Read more...] about Disney’s Animated Enviro-Propaganda Film ‘Strange World’ Set to Bomb at the Box Office