In advance of Pixar’s Lightyear, Walt Disney just dropped a poster and a trailer for this November’s Strange Planet. The Disney push release does not say “only in theaters” or even the term “theaters,” nor does it say “Disney+.” Back in the day, an distinctive theatrical window was routinely presumed. That presumption is partly how and why Scarlett Johansson finished up suing Disney over lost box business office-precise income after Black Widow bought a hybrid theatrical/Disney+ Leading Access launch.
However, contemplating that the studio (speculation notify) possibly forked above substantially of the raw Disney+ revenue to Johansson when settling that scenario and considering that comparable lawsuits had been prevented partially/probably by overpaying Emma Stone for a theoretical Cruella 2 and/or Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for a theoretical Jungle Cruise 2, the complete theaters/Disney+ release template may perhaps previously be a past-tense notion. But once more, which is 104% speculation.
In any case, the original animated film, opening (presumably theatrically) on November 23, stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Searcher Clade, a conveniently named son of a legendary explorer. Directed by Don Corridor (Huge Hero 6 and Raya and the Previous Dragon) and co-directed by Qui Nguyen who co-wrote Raya), Strange Planet is remaining marketed (understandably) on its borderline hallucinogenic visuals. I consider this teaser will engage in really very well on an IMAX or Dolby monitor, especially sitting down just a minimal also shut to the screen.
The in general exploratory experience established-up does a little resemble Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise’s Atlantis: The Missing Empire, a financial whiff ($186 million on a $120 million budget though DreamWorks’ Shrek was transforming the landscape) that A) is one of numerous movies that ended up somewhat resembling Avatar and B) was a violent PG-rated animated movie back again when these a matter was fairly damn exceptional. Speaking of films that resembled Avatar (not just The Fight for Terra), the fantastical world introduced back fond recollections of Dragon Hunters, a forgotten animated gem from 2008 that is truly worth your time if you are so inclined.
Speaking of Avatar, this “travel to a fantastical entire world over and above your imagination” flick will debut theatrically just below a month prior to Avatar: The Way of Water, this means that Disney has reverted to its pre-Covid release pattern. You have got a massive MCU movie (Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally) in early November, a big animated flick around Thanksgiving and a year-stop mega-bucks fantasy adventure amazing the weekend in advance of Christmas crack.
What’s more, Illumination’s Sing 2 topped $400 million and even DreamWorks’ The Negative Fellas gained $220 million and counting regardless of equally movies present concurrently on PVOD for most of their theatrical runs. It is now up to Disney to show that they can even now tower over their level of competition in phrases of theatrical animation. Encanto hardly cracked $250 million and Turning Crimson skipped theaters, so now the burden of evidence has shifted from Disney’s competitors to Disney by itself. Your shift, Lightyear.