I recently had the opportunity to attend a screening of Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic. Strange Magic is an animated 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 bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. It’s directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas.
One of the things I look for when choosing movies to attend with my kids is a story that can entertain both them and myself, and Strange Magic is definitely a movie that everyone will enjoy! The animation is visually stunning; every frame was a work of art. You are truly drawn into the vibrant fairy world, one scene more beautiful than the next.
The music in the film is cleverly intertwined with the character’s dialogue and I found myself singing along almost the entire movie. Classic and popular songs are mixed together perfectly to help tell the story of spitfire fairy Marianne and the cast of characters as they all search for true love. Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, and Elijah Kelley showcase their amazing voice talent, and Maya Rudolph is hysterical in her part as the Bog King’s mom Griselda. I can’t wait to download the soundtrack.
My favorite thing about the movie was the message in it; Never judge a book by its cover….look past the obvious and try to see things in a new way. It’s such an important lesson and reminder for everyone, especially in this day and age when bullying issues are so prevalent.
Don’t miss this wonderful story! It’s creative, funny, and an all around rockin’ good time! Strange Magic opens in theaters TODAY!
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