Well this is strange. Usually, we know about movies for years before they come out. We follow them from the pitch to casting to production to trailers to overblown think pieces. It’s rare when a movie suddenly pops out from nowhere.
But that’s what’s happening with Lucasfilm’s new animated joint, Strange Magic. We are just now hearing specifics about it, and it comes out in just a couple months. January 23, to be exact.
Strange Magic comes from an original George Lucas story, though David Berenbaum, Irene Mecchi, and Gary Rydstrom actually wrote the script. Rydstrom also directed. When you see it, you will hear the lovely voice work of actors like Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, Super Dave Osborne, and Peter Stormare. That’s a pretty cool cast.
The synopsis is too kooky to paraphrase, so I’m just going to quote the press release:
“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.
So what do you guys think, does this surprise movie sound like something you want to see?