Updated with Trailer 2! Lucasfilm to Release ‘Strange Magic’ – an Animated Film With a Story by George Lucas.
For some time now there were reports that George Lucas and prequel trilogy sound mixer George Rydstrom were collaborating on an untitled animated film. Now Lucasfilm officially announced that a new animated film called Strange Magic 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).
Bog King (voice of Alan Cumming), Griselda (voice of Maya Rudolph) and Marianne (voice of Evan Rachel Wood) are part of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps in Strange Magic, a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Released by Touchstone Pictures, Strange Magic is in theaters Jan. 23, 2015.
YahooMovies released new information and first trailer for the movie:
“[Lucas] really wanted to make a beautiful fairy tale with goblins and elves, and do it in a way that only this company can do,” Gary Rydstrom, a Lucasfilm employee since 1983 and the director of Strange Magic, tells Yahoo Movies. “He had been working on it for a long time.”
The plot, inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is split between two worlds: a 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.”
The Bryan Times have published a brief article about George Lucas. Be on the lookout for a new George Lucas interview to be featured on the show “A Night at the Movies: George Lucas & the World of Fantasy Cinema” for Turner Classic Movies. Lucas was interviewed by documentary filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau, Bouzereau has directed behind the scenes docs for such Lucas-directed features as American Graffiti and the Indiana Jones films. Lucas obviously discusses his most famous production — Star Wars — but you’ll have to tune in to see if he talks about Episode VII or his new animated story Strange Magic.
You can watch the special this Tuesday, November 25th. Check local listings for time and channel number.