Jake Gyllenhaal, who portrays the Searcher Clade in Strange World, claimed that he had a “fated connection” to the animated movie because of the way that it views family as a “microcosm” of society. The focus on three generations and how they interacted—or didn’t was what the Academy Award nominee actor found most fascinating about the movie.
Jake said, “When they pitched me the story of Strange World, I was so moved. It lines up with so many things that I believe, like the psychological dynamics in a family, the generational issues that we all have, how difficult we find loving to be sometimes — and I also think the idea that family is a microcosm for how we treat the world and what is taught within that unit is eventually what we bring to the world outside of us. It was really a very special, fated connection with the story.”
He further added, “I think we grow up and we try for many years to define ourselves to be our own selves, separate from our family, no matter how much we love them, or they love us. There are desires that our parents have for us; there are things that they push us into that they don’t even realize they are. There’s a whole unconscious world going on underneath all of the conscious world that we live in, and it was why I loved this story so much. Because Strange World is really a world though it has all these amazing layers underneath it about having to go to a place that is maybe scary or different to be able to learn to listen to the people we love the most in our lives.”
About the movie Strange World
Walt Disney’s newest animated film, Strange World, takes viewers on a journey deep into a subterranean world where strange creatures and impending dangers await. The film follows a family of adventurers on a desperate mission to save the planet from a mysterious ecological crisis. With a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog, and a slew of ravenous creatures, the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ original action-packed comedy adventure, which is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, introduces the legendary Clades family as they attempt to travel through an uncharted, dangerous land.