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Walt Disney Animation Studios to Offer Exclusive Look at ‘Strange World’ at France’s Annecy Festival

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Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced it will host an exclusive look at its upcoming “Strange World” film at the prestigious Annecy Festival in France this summer.

Over the course of its 60 years, the Annecy Festival has established itself as a global event dedicated to animation, and is held in Annecy, France.

Walt Disney Animation Studios will host an evening on June 17 at the festival that will offer an exclusive look at their next feature film, “Strange World,” which was first announced December 2021.

The studio’s Chief Creative Officer, and Oscar-winning Director/Writer of “Frozen” & “Frozen 2”, Jennifer Lee, will also receive the Honorary Cristal award from the Festival.

Pixar Animation Studios will also host a special screening of “Lightyear” on June 17, day and date with its U.S. premiere, with director Angus MacLane and producer Galyn Susman attending in person.

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About Disney’s Strange World

“Strange World” centers on the legendary Clades, a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest and most crucial mission, one which will take them into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await.

The original title for the movie was Searcher Clade, who was one of the Clades. Which might give a hint as to the direction of the movie. It sounds like the Clades aren’t that different from other Disney families who experience conflict.

Director Don Hall, whose previous credits include the Oscar-nominated “Raya and the Last Dragon,” says the story is a nod to pulp magazines, that existed from around the 1900s to the 1950s. They featured popular action fiction stories that were printed on inexpensive wood pulp paper, which is where the genre gets its name.

Qui Nguyen, who co-wrote “Raya and the Last Dragon” with Hall, is returning to co-write the screenplay for “Strange World.” So far actor Alan Tudyk (“Moana,” “Frozen,” “Wreck-It-Ralph”) is the only voice attached to the film, but no role has been listed.

This animated action-adventure film will be WDAS’s 61th title, and is scheduled to debut in theaters November 23, 2022.