Disney’s Newest Animated Flop Coming to Disney+ Sooner Than Expected

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On November 23, Disney released its newest animated film, Strange World, in theaters. The films starred Jake Gyllenhaal as Searcher Clade, Gabrielle Union as Meridian Clade, Jaboukie Young-White as Ethan Clade, and Dennis Quaid as Jaeger Clade. Strange World tells the story of the adventurous Clade family but, unfortunately, audiences were not inclined to go see the take on the big screen. Strange World only made $18.6 million in its opening weekend, so Disney is taking it to Disney+ earlier than expected.

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Disney shared that Strange World will make its Disney+ debut on December 23 — just one month after the film debuted in theaters. As movies began to come back to theaters after the height of COVID, Disney typically waited at least 45 days from theatrical debut to Disney+ debut.

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Haven’t had a chance to check out Strange World? Here’s more on Disney’s newest animated movie:

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ original action-packed adventure “Strange World” introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog and a slew of ravenous creatures. The voice cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal as Searcher Clade, a family man who finds himself out of his element on an unpredictable mission; Dennis Quaid as Searcher’s larger-than-life explorer father, Jaeger; Jaboukie Young-White as Searcher’s 16-year-old son, Ethan, who longs for adventure; Gabrielle Union as Meridian Clade, an accomplished pilot and Searcher’s partner in all things; and Lucy Liu as Callisto Mal, Avalonia’s fearless leader who spearheads the exploration into the strange world. Helmed by Don Hall (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Raya and the Last Dragon”) and co-director/writer Qui Nguyen (co-writer “Raya and the Last Dragon”), and produced by Roy Conli (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Tangled”)

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Sadly, reports have indicated that Strange World is set to lose $100 million at the box office — and it’s not Disney’s only recent flop. Lightyear did not perform well in theaters, and both Turning Red and Pinocchio received mixed reviews. There are a number of reasons people think the film may have failed — from people still being nervous about COVID to others not liking that the film featured LGBTQ+ characters.

While the movie won’t make back what it lost when it moves to Disney+, the film still has a chance to be successful. Especially with more people spending time with their families for the holidays.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!