Strange World is on Disney Plus in time for the holidays – and only a month after release

Strange World
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The latest Disney animated film, Strange World, is streaming on Disney Plus in time for the holidays. The movie focuses on the Clade family, who are made up of adventurers and farmers – but at the heart of the story is a complicated father-son relationship between the larger-than-life explorer Jaeger Clade and his less adventurous son Searcher Clade. The all-star cast includes Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lucy Liu, and Jaboukie Young-White. 

Strange World arrived in theaters on November 23 but is streaming on Disney Plus from December 23 – meaning its time as a theatrical exclusive lasted just one month. The film released to mostly positive reviews but a disappointing box office result, grossing just $53.8 million worldwide to date. 

In contrast, Lightyear pulled in $226.4 million worldwide, while last year's Encanto scored $256.7 million globally. Encanto then had a huge second life after its Disney Plus release, with 'We Don't Talk About Bruno' becoming one of the studio's most popular songs ever – even surpassing Frozen's 'Let It Go.' It remains to be seen if Strange World will enjoy a similar surge in popularity now that it's streaming. 

Next up on Disney's animated release slate is Pixar's Elemental, coming in June 2023, which follows a fire- and water-character striking up an unlikely bond. It will be followed by Wish, starring West Side Story's Ariana DeBose. That film will be about the famous star so many Disney characters have wished upon, and it's set for release in November 2023.

In the meantime, check out absolutely everything else the studio has in store with our guide to all the upcoming Disney movies coming over the next few years. You can read more about Strange World with our interview with the filmmakers, too. 

Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English.