January 28, 2023

The holiday season is about to get a little weirder on Disney+. Disney has announced that its latest animated movie, “Strange World,” is coming to its flagship streaming service on Friday, December 23, just over a month after its theatrical debut on November 23.

The movie revolves around the Clades, a legendary family of explorers who don’t get along as well as they do in discovering new adventures. As the family prepares for a journey to a mysterious planet called Avalonia, they must put aside their differences and learn to work together. The film features an impressive voice cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Gabrielle Union, Lucy Liu, Jaboukie Young-White and Alan Tudyk.

Watch a trailer for ‘Strange World’:

The film’s streaming debut comes quite a bit earlier than The Streamable expected. Our prediction was that “Strange World” would come to Disney+ on Sunday, January 7, but several factors meant it would be available to stream just in time for Christmas.

For starters, the movie didn’t do well at the box office. “Strange World” will lose more than $100 million, according to Variety, thanks to its lackluster theatrical performance. Critics have praised the film’s animation and visual tone, but some have suggested that the plot walks on previously trodden territory.

Another factor that may have hampered the movie’s box office performance is that Disney may have trained its audience to expect new animated features to go straight to Disney+. Movies like “Luca” and “Soul” went straight to streaming during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Disney animated movies are more likely to grab families’ attention once they can be streamed from home, rather than trying to afford an expensive trip to the theater with the kids in tow to see them.

The move to send “Strange World” to streaming so soon after its theatrical release echoes the strategy Disney used with “Encanto.” That film was Disney’s Thanksgiving 2021 release, and it also struggled to gain traction in theaters before moving to streaming on Christmas Eve 2021. The good news for Disney is that after its visit to Disney+, the movie became a viral sensation thanks to its songs going wild. popular on TikTok.

Whether “Strange World” will receive a similar level of viral attention upon its streaming release is yet to be determined. But Disney fans won’t have to wait long to find out, as the film heads to Disney+ on Friday, December 23.

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