Searcher Clade (voice of Marco Bocci in the Italian version and Jake Gyllenhaal in the original one) is a skilled farmer who, together with his loving family – judicious son Ethan, tenacious wife Meridian, and three-legged super-dog Legend – manages and prospers his land as well as the entire world of Avalonia thanks to the miraculous plant of Pando capable of generating energy, and discovered many years ago by Searcher during the mission in which his father Jaeger Clade (Francesco Pannofino for the Italian voice e Dennis Quaid for the original one), determined to explore life on that world beyond the towering peaks, disappeared into thin air. Yet, excluding his past, Searcher’s present life seems like a family idyll full of great attitude and good feelings. And, just like him, Ethan is also destined to become a farmer and walk in his parent’s footsteps. Or maybe not? Suddenly, the news of a probable infestation of the Pando plant and the disastrous potential consequences on Avalonia will lead Clade to once again assume the role of explorer and to create a bridge with an unknown underworld glittering and mysterious, and with a past that seemed now remote, a real submerged world of bonds. The world of Strange World – A Mysterious World!
Strange World – A Mysterious World: In harmony with the environment
For its 61st Classic, Disney produces a work perfectly shaped in the contemporary world that includes all the hottest topics of current events, from care for the environment to all-round inclusiveness passing through gender identity and issues more ever-green like the controversial parent-child relationships and the difficult process of change linked to the state of adolescence and its surroundings. Directed by Don Hall, Oscar winner for Big Hero 6, and based on a screenplay by Qui Nguyen (former author of Raya and the last dragon), the latest work by Disney is a colorful and varied fresco that immerses between fantasy, adventure, and sci-fi, to go straight to the heart of things, organisms, people, mobilize the comparison and, possibly, bring to the surface the concept of living in harmony with the surrounding environment (whether they are plants, animals or people, it doesn’t matter), as taught by the avant-garde card game of the film and protagonist of one of the funniest scenes. Therefore a strong message that passes through the usual string of tensions/clashes functional to elaboration and awareness, that of Strange World is a missive that implicitly travels through the change of perspective (social, generational, situational) veering through different but contiguous worlds that are first ordered and functional then messed up, bizarre and beautiful, and thus contrasting, within its great journey of discovery and rediscovered, even the opposite but complementary concepts of calm and chaos.
Legacy and sustainability
Inspired by the iconic card game that fascinates Ethan and his party, Strange world similarly becomes the spokesperson for a new and “peaceful” world where the change of perspective leads us to see everything from one side, but necessarily also from the other. Searcher, like his son later in an almost physiological existential process, will try to impose their will to differentiate with respect to their respective paternal ideals, later discovering that, in reality, some vocation and connection always takes us back to the roots, to our origins , and that incorporating with knowledge of the facts is (perhaps) more useful than cutting out regardless. Similarly, this strange world also shows us how what may appear to be a haunted plant can itself turn out to be a weed when viewed within the much larger organism of which it is a part. More than unexplored territories, therefore, the new Disney film speaks to us of territories that are already known but to be observed with different eyes; speaks to us of glittering and gelatinous worlds (represented by the symbolic Splat) which form the backdrop to missions of discovery, adolescent revolution and generational conflicts, to then mutate into new places without “bad guys”, where everyone actively collaborates for the peaceful existence of the next . Perhaps a little too idyllic worlds that we find it hard to see and imagine in our real communities, but which the strange and fantastic universe of strange world illustrates us and places us as the only possible worlds in a probable future. “Legacy is building a present that is a gift for our future”.
Having reached the milestone of its 61st classic, Disney presents its latest effort Strange World, a pure and enjoyable mix of fantasy, adventure, and sci-fi that rides on many hot and universal themes including acceptance, inclusiveness, gender identity, conflicts generational, sustainability, and more. There is therefore a lot of meat in the fire in this new children’s classic directed by Oscar-winning director Don Hall and penned by Qui Nguyen. We are talking about a stratified world (really and conceptually) where each theme finds its own level of elaboration but not always its right depth of expression. Because if on the one hand this new and original Disney classic brings to the fore a whole series of dutiful arguments from the present (and future) world, it is nonetheless true that, also considering the reference target, there is a stark contrast between the excessive complexity and conjecture of some elaborations (metaphorical worlds and existential reflections that keep chasing each other in a subtle game of Chinese boxes) and the didactic, sometimes hasty aspect of some conclusions drawn by the film in the direction of the great final message. In any case, it remains an enjoyable work, with a powerful imagination full of wonders (wonders in the strict and broad sense), which could perhaps have included less and dared more to achieve, overall, the strength of a truly unforgettable great classic.