(OPINION) Disney’s next animated motion picture release titled Strange World will mark a first for the company founded by Walt Disney in 1923. It will feature a gay teen romance.

Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, the adventure film “introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog, and a slew of ravenous creatures,” according to the Strange World website. The movie opens in theaters on Nov. 23.

To promote the upcoming film, Disney screened three separate segments of the movie at the 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival in Annecy, France last June.


In the first segment shown to the film festival audience, the character of Ethan (voiced by actor Jaboukie Young-White) flirts with another boy named Diazo in front of his friends, “teasing him in a friendly way and warm-hearted way” in the scene described by Variety at the time.

Then Ethan’s father Searcher Clade (voiced by Jake Gyllenhaal) joins in, but embarrasses his son with an overeager show of acceptance, the outlet noted. The cast of actors voicing the characters for the film includes Young-White, Gyllenhaal, Gabrielle Union, Lucy Liu, and Dennis Quaid.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro is warning parents prior to the film’s release date about Disney’s ongoing push at their “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” to target children.

In a tweet Tuesday, Shapiro wrote: “As Disney begins pushing ‘Strange World’ for next week’s release, here’s the reminder that their ‘not-at-all-secret gay agenda’ to target kids is ongoing. It’s a part of the plot of this movie, just as it was with ‘Lightyear.’ Your kids, your choice.” (READ MORE)


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