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.
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.
“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.
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.