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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Strange Magic hits January 2015

Did you know Lucasfilm has made an animated musical fairy tale called STRANGE MAGIC that hits theaters this January?
Strange Magic is a Lucasfilm Ltd. production set to be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.

Here's the official plot synopsis: "Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects."
One kingdom that is home to “fairies, elves, imps and all sorts of creatures,” and then a dark forest, which houses “scary goblins and other nasty creatures.” The residents never venture out of their respective worlds…until forbidden love potions, made from flowers that grow along the border, are let loose. At that point, “all heck breaks loose,” Rydstrom says, especially when the two main characters (voiced by Alan Cumming and Evan Rachel Wood) meet. The director says Lucas often emphasized that the story should be about “finding beauty in strange places.”
George Lucas executive produced and wrote the story upon which the film is based. Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer Mars Attacks!), with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King) and Rydstrom.

The voice cast includes Alan Cumming (X2: X-Men United), Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood), Kristin Chenoweth (Glee), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Sam Palladio (Nashville), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (The Butler), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Peter Stormare (22 Jump Street). Marius de Vries (Moulin Rouge) serves as both the musical director and composer.

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