Lucasfilm Gets Animated About Strange Magic

Disney has added another animated feature to its slate next year: Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic, a madcap fairy tale musical directed by former Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom (Lifted). It’s inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015. It’s a collaboration between Lucasfilm Animation Singapore (Star Wars Rebels, Clone Wars) and ILM (the Oscar-winning Rango).

Based on a story by George Lucas, and scripted by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Mecchi (BraveThe Lion King), and Rydstrom (with additional story help from Brave’s Brenda Chapman), Strange Magic utilizes popular songs from the past six decades (including the ELO title tune, no doubt) to 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.

Strange Magic is produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer Mars Attacks!) and exec produced by Lucas.

The voice cast includes 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 6Bridesmaids), Sam Palladio (ABC’s Nashville), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina (Chocolat), Elijah Kelley (HairsprayThe 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.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Movies, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

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