Which woo with Strange World's Jake Gyllenhaal and Gabrielle Union
From wild swimming to scream therapy, the stars of Disney’s Strange World share their personal wellness favourites
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For this which woo, we’re joined by Jake Gyllenhaal and Gabrielle Union, whose latest cinematic adventures saw them co-star in Disney’s animated Strange World. Luckily for us, the project is being brought to us by the very same studios that delivered cult classics Encanto and Big Hero 6. But in this animation, Strange World takes us on a weird and wonderful journey to a mysterious universe in search of ways to save the town of Avalonia from the poisonous source of energy threatening to ruin it.
Directed by Don Hall, the mind also behind Moana, the fantastical animation follows three generations of explorers: the senior, Jaeger Clade (voiced by Dennis Quaid), his son Searcher (Gyllenhaall) and his grandson Ethan (Jaboukie Young-White). In an attempt to save the home they all love after their power source comes under threat, each set out in their own ways to find sustainable energy to fuel their secluded civilisation. But along the way, and, of course, with the help of Searcher’s wife and matriarch Meridian (played by Gabrielle Union), they also come to discover more about themselves.
The film has been praised by critics as Disney’s most inclusive project yet – both in its ecological themes and characters. The film certainly marks a creative direction that hopes to blend our love of feel-good fantasy with real-world issues. And with visually mesmerising, technicolour animations, it certainly makes for an essential watch.
Strange World releases exclusively in cinemas on Wednesday 23rd November.
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