Lucasfilm is Releasing Animated Film ‘Strange Magic’ in Two Months

By November 11, 2014
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I didn’t even realize that Lucasfilm had any animation in the pipeline aside from “Star Wars Rebels,” but a new press release reveals that not only do they have a full animated feature almost ready to go, but it was in part written by George Lucas himself.

Strange Magic (see the first look photo above) has a story by Lucas and is being directed by Gary Rydstrom, an Oscar-winning sound guy who worked on Jurassic Park, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan and Terminator 2: Judgment Day and a Pixar vet who directed shorts like Lifted and Hawaiian Vacation. (He was also responsible for one of the studio’s only cancelled features, Newt.) The voice cast includes names like Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, and more. Check out the full press release below for details on the plot. I legitimately had no idea this film existed, which is rare for someone who spends all day consuming and writing about movie news. Strange Magic will hit theaters on January 23, 2015.

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015. “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.

With a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (“Elf”), Irene Mecchi (“Brave,” “The Lion King”) and Rydstrom. An extraordinary roster of film, television and Broadway stars lend their voices to “Strange Magic,” including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC’s “Nashville”), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “The Butler”), Bob Einstein (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”). Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.

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