The new movie of Disney hits theaters and proposes to take us on a fascinating journey alongside the Clade family, who will be the guides through a strange worlddirected by the Oscar winner, Don Hallwritten by Qui Nguyen and produced by Roy Conli. In it, this legendary family of explorers will try to navigate an unknown land where they will face a lot of voracious creatures.
In Chronicle Scenario We were present at the global press conference where the director, screenwriter and producer were accompanied by the talent that gives voice to the protagonists of this adventure story: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhall, Gabrielle Union Y Jaboukie Young-Whitewhich delved into interesting details about this new animation.
“It all started with this idea of thinking about my children and the world that we are inheriting for them. So I wanted to tell a story about how we can become good ancestors for them and be able to tell it through three different generations and delve into the relationships between parents and children, which is something we can all empathize with.. That was the beginning of everything and being able to tell it through a fun action-adventure story was a dream come true”, began by declaring Don Hall, the director of the film.
Roy Conlin, producer of the film, highlighted the tremendous commitment of the entire team, especially the actors, to bring Strange World to life. “To be honest, I have never had a team so committed to history before. It’s been an interesting process from day one when Jake, Dennis, Gabrielle and Jaboukie came along wanting to contribute a lot to animation. That’s a wonderful thing that this genre offers you, because it’s an iterative art form in which everyone contributes. There are 450 people who got their hands on this project and the four voice talents did a great job in bringing their characters to life, without a doubt.”
Jake Gyllenhall opened the cast panel to explain what caught his attention about Searcher Clade and this film: “The first thing that always draws me in is its story. She could sense that, for Don, Qui, and Ron, this had come from a very honest place, from their hearts. It wasn’t a story that came out of nowhere but something very personal to Don and that caught my interest. Also, it was an experience that allowed me to draw my family into it in a different way by seeing my animated character on screen,” he stated.
“I think something very curious happened because, for me and the rest of the cast, the process of building the characters took place step by step over the year and a half that we worked on them. They had an idea of what they wanted, but they opened up to everything we wanted to contribute. Even the animators looked at our faces, movements and expressions to gradually transform us into those animated characters”, added the renowned actor.
For his part, Dennis Quaid, who plays Jaeger Clade, the great father of the family, offered more details about his role. He sees himself as the best explorer in the world and wants his son to carry the baton of his legacy. I find Jake and Jaeger to be a bit of a hypocrite without knowing it, but in the end they end up doing exactly what they always tried to avoid. But in the end, it seems to me that everyone has the same goal, but different ways to get there. I was interested that there were layers upon layers and that it felt like a family experience with real problems that you can touch on at a dinner party, coupled with the fun that these misadventures offer.”, he stressed.
One of the most interesting characters is Ethan Clade, played by Jaboukie Young-White. “The fun thing about him is that he plays the role of the family peacemaker but, at the same time, he is the last piece of destiny being fulfilled because it is as if his history was repeated with that of his father and his grandfather. He seems to me a character that works as a good generational bridge between everything that happens on the tape, ”explained the young actor.
Closing out the family is Gabrielle Union as Meridian Clade, the bubbly and cunning pilot mother of these adventurers who found some relief in this project. “First I asked myself what kind of mother she was, and I found out that she was good. So I jumped at the chance not only because I needed the laughs to take away the darkness of my previous leading role but because I could play in a different medium like animation, where I had already had minor league roles on Disney Junior, but on a much smaller scale. But being able to voice a role like that is like a dream come true. And also, having that creative freedom to be able to build it was wonderful because they took into account and added things that I suggested to them that made the whole process fun and efficient. It was a great experience with everyone.”
However, there is another memorable member of the Clade clan who steals the hearts of many: the three-legged dog named Legend, whose creation Hall revealed. “When we were doing the first storyboards for the film, Burny Mattinson, who has been with the company for 69 years and directed A Mickey Christmas with whom I worked on Big Hero 6 and Winnie the Pooh, suggested that I use a dog in the film. I had my doubts about it but the crew behind the story heard it and pressured me to include it. Then Lissa Treiman drew a version of Legend with only three legs and it stuck and we named him after Burny because he’s a Disney legend.”
When questioned about playing an openly gay character in the film, Jaboukie reflected that his Ethan goes beyond those issues. “I love him because he is going through a process in which he has to figure out a lot of things like his identity and all these facets that he faces are part of him in the whole of him. It is not about a guy who finds out he is gay and comes out, not seeking acceptance for his sexuality, but simply a young man accepting himself, building himself in an environment that is ready to support him.. It seems to me that, in whatever medium it is, that will always be interesting, especially in animation, ”she said.
When watching the film it is inevitable to refer to certain classics of science fiction and adventure, so the director and the screenwriter talked about the influences to create this Strange World. “I did a lot of research early on where I reread Jules Verne and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, mostly in those novels or even old adventure movies. we also saw again Raiders of the Lost Ark, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. Although it also has something, for example, of kingkong, with that group of explorers facing an unknown world of creatures and monsters. It was nice to remember all that again and pass it on to a strange worldHall said.
“For me, the attraction was the familiar side of the story like the tapes of Chevy Chase Vacation wave Little Miss Sunshine where I found more inspiration because the heart of all this adventure is this great family that you end up falling in love with. It is inevitable not to feel that empathy for these characters and the relationships they develop between them. It is also a story full of humor and humanity in which we decided to delve beyond the universe of creatures created around them”, added Nguyen.
Likewise, the creation of the creatures of this particular universe is, according to Hall, the merit of the creators behind the film. “We were fortunate to work with a team of talented artists. When I first came up with the idea I actually left the Weird World part wide open because I didn’t feel the need to go up to them and force something on them but to let their imaginations run wild. This freedom was a lot of fun for them, who also did their research based on weird things they found on the Internet and from there they drew something. I think it’s a great testament to our team of production designers that the world looks that way,” he said gratefully.
Finally, the panel confessed those Disney movies that marked their lives. Roy mentioned first: “pinocchio, definitely. I saw it on a release he had when he was a little kid before the VHS era. It marked me and I knew I couldn’t lie and I definitely didn’t want to turn into an ass so, yeah, it was a wonderful experience.” Whereas, for Qui it was a more recent one. “The Lion KingI was at an age where I thought it was too old for animation and when I saw it I thought it was very good. Mufasa’s death and how Simba goes through that duel to reclaim her mantle was a very inspiring thing in my life.”
Don and Dennis went back to the classics and voted for a quirky flying elephant. “Dumbo, I saw it as a child and it was the one that began to make me want to work at Disney Animation and that that was my goal, ”said Don. “Me, Dumbo It affected me a lot when I was little and in school, my acting teacher gave a whole class about her based on the structure of her story and talking about what it is about, that myth that points towards something that falls short to describe in words Quaid added.
Jaboukie went for an underappreciated underappreciated 90s gem. “The movie of goofy, I have seen it so many times that it is deeply embedded in my subconscious. I couldn’t even say how she struck me because, frankly, she’s part of my DNA.” Gabrielle Union concluded “I think it would be Beauty and the Beast, because she marked the way I chose my dates from the time I saw her until practically the 2000s,” she confessed with a laugh.
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