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Weird World 2
Film information

Directed by

Reloaxa

Written by

Reloaxa

Story by

Reloaxa

Starring

Will Smith

Reloaxa

Ewan McGregor

Michael J. Fox

Ryan Gosling

Charli XCX

Tom Kenny

Kristin Scott Thomas

Robert De Niro

Ade Edmondson

Linda Cardellini

Music by

Henry Jackman

Studio

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Distributed by

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Release Date(s)

July 23, 2021

Running time

98 minutes

Language

English

Budget

$140 million

Gross Revenue

$990 million

Preceded by

Weird World

Followed by

Weird World 3

Weird World 2 is a 2021 American computer-animation fantasy comedy-drama action film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures, as the sequel of the 2018 animated film, Weird World. It was filmed alongside it's successor Weird World 3.

Film Summary

George, Craig and Sponghuck have to solve a mystery about some golden pearls, but end up in Oil City where they encounter a long-lost relative of Craig's and an oily machine who's goal is to become the richest guy in Weird World. 

Plot

Cast

Production

In December 2018, Charli XCX claimed a sequel was in development. On August 25th 2019, Disney officially announced that a feature-length sequel to Weird World was in production. Russell Brand announced that he will respire his role as George Jacqueline. On February 3rd, 2020, Charli XCX said was too busy to voice Stephanie and wouldn't be returning for the sequel. However, 2 months later, XCX announced she will return to voice Stephanie, after she explained she wasn't "that busy, after all". On April 19, 2020, Michael J. Fox announced he had joined the cast to voice a new character. On May 18th 2020, Kristin Scott Thomas, Will Smith, Ewan McGregor, Robert De Niro, Ade Edmondson and Linda Cardellini all announced they would respire their respective roles as Eleanor, Craig, Sponghuck, Tyler, Scooter and Josie, with Reloaxa confirming he would voice Bash again as well. On August 11th 2020, Ryan Gosling joined the cast as a new character - Jaxon. On September 14th 2020, Johnny Greenwood and Prince Royce announced they would respire their respective roles as Cole and Brent. On November 21st 2020, Reloaxa confirmed he will also respire his role as Zayden alongside George and Bash. On the same day, Michael J. Fox announced he will be voicing Craig's adoptive father Luke Montgomery. On December 5th 2020, Tom Kenny announced Axebot will reappear in the film and he will voice him again.

Release

Home media

Reception

Box office

Critical reception

Weird World 2 has recieved critical acclaim and has been considered on par with the first film, with praise going to it's humor (some even said it was funnier than the first one), story, animation and voice performances, in particular from Smith, Brand and J. Fox. The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 97% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 234 reviews, with an average score of 8.7/10. The site's consensus states: "Weird World 2 lives up to the first film's emotions, beautification and hilariousness. And the well-known voice cast is still spot on too." Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 from top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 91 based on 52 reviews, indicating "Universal acclaim." In CinemaScore polls, cinema audiences gave Weird World 2 an average score of "A" on an A+ to F scale. 

Trivia

  • It takes place between Season 2 and Season 3 of the television series.
  • There's a running gag throughout the film where Jaxon accidentally pulls Sponghuck's bubble away, causing him to spin a bit then fall. Each time he spins, a song with the word "round" or "around" in the title plays. This happens 6 times in the film.
    • The songs include:
      • You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive
      • Round Round by Sugababes
      • Around the World by Daft Punk
      • Spinning Around by Kylie Minogue
      • Round and Round by Ratt
      • Up Around the Bent by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Soundtrack

Weird World 2/Soundtrack

Video game

Sequels

The film was followed by Weird World 3 (which was filmed alongside it) and The Weird World 4nale (in two parts).