The inspirations behind the film
strange world The filmmakers describe it as a combination of Indiana Jones and King Kong, with the cast of National Lampoon. Here is the inspiration behind strange world.
Create a strange world and its inspirations
The next film from Walt Disney Animation Studios is called strange world and it draws heavily from pulp-style books, magazines, and movies — all of which can be easily seen even in the trailer. think more Journey to the Center of the Earth that lost in space however, because this story follows the Clade family as they venture underground and discover a hidden world.
This world is filled with wondrous creatures and things that have never been seen before. Greens and earth tones are deliberately removed from the palate to give it a different feel. The film is certainly about exploration, but it’s a family story at its core. The filmmakers state that it is a love letter to sons and fathers and focuses on three generations along the journey. It’s a matter of inheritance.
Don Hall’s motto throughout the making of Strange World was “everything should be a surprise” and he believes the team accomplished that. It’s pure visual storytelling. Filmmakers have been told to take risks and make weird and fun choices.
The filmmakers delve into the weird, fun, and delightfully distorted world
Given the title strange world, the look of the film could not be anything less than extraordinary, and the artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios were determined to create something unexpected and awe-inspiring for audiences. They started with pulp fiction – magazines that were published from 1896 until the late 1950s and were so named because of the cheap wood pulp paper the magazines were printed on.
According to production designer Justin Cram, “We all had fun designing the different parts of the weird world, taking inspiration from those old book covers. “Seeing what they thought the future might look like at that time, whether it was spaceships or aliens. It was a great place to start.”
The team actually designed three distinct looks and color palettes: the town of Avalonia, the Clade family farm, and the strange world.
For Avalonia, the artists bet on warm colors, such as white, orange and red. “We wanted to create a sort of utopia, a warm, nostalgic feeling to emphasize that this is a wonderful culture that everyone appreciates,” says Cram. Avalonia is featured in both pre-pando and post-pando times. Adds production designer Merhrdad Isvandi, “We show how the city has gone from one-story buildings to 100-story buildings.”
On the Clade family farm, cool colors, such as lush greens and blues, dominate the landscape. “I was looking at old Kodachrome footage from the 30s and 40s and trying to connect emotionally because it’s really about the close relationship between Searcher, Ethan and Meridian,” Cram explains. “We wanted it to feel timeless and really focus on the idea of hearth and home.”
In the midst of an important mission, the Clades stumble upon a hidden world unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. In the weird world, those cool Searcher Farm colors are used sparingly, says Isvandi.
“When we come to the weird world, we don’t have any greens except pando,” he says. “We reserved green for pando, and moved away from blue in the sky. Our brain is used to seeing the blue sky. Removing that option and thinking of something else to make the image look good was an exciting challenge throughout production. »
The environments and creatures of the strange world are so unusual and striking that the filmmakers had to be careful not to distract from the main characters at the heart of the film.
“If we were looking at specific shots thinking, ‘This world is so amazing and so beautiful, but it compromises a moment between the characters,’ then we would back off,” Cram says. “It is very important to honor these relationships within the scene. But there are times when the characters are amazed by what they see. This is when we can really show off this wonderful environment.
Discover this hidden world yourself when strange world hits theaters this Thanksgiving.
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About Strange World
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ original action-packed adventure “Strange World” features a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted and dangerous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog and a host of ravenous creatures.
This very strange world is actually an allegory of planet Earth, says director Don Hall. “What started it all was thinking about my sons and the world they’re going to inherit,” he says. “How is this different from what I inherited from my father
Strange World hits theaters on November 23.
Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a freelance writer. Tessa has worked in the entertainment writing business for nearly a decade and is a member of several critics associations, including the Critics Choice Association, Hollywood Critics Association, and Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.