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The big animated films of 2015

15 December 2014 6:38 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Looking for a handy guide to 2015's biggest animated movies, from Shaun The Sheep to Minions and Peanuts? Then step this way...

There have been far better years for family entertainment, and for animated films, than 2014. Whilst there have been highlights - Paddington, The Wind Rises, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Boxtrolls - the mix of material on offer hasn't particularly sparkled.

A quick glance at the 2015 release schedule suggests, to a degree, the same, with some notably absentees from the year's releases. And yet as we dug deeper for our traditional look ahead at the year's animated films, there might just be some real treats here. Starting with this one...

Strange Magic

Let's start with one of the wildcards. A film that only recently arrived on the 2015 release schedules is Strange Magic, which belatedly marks the feature directing debut for Gary Rydstrom.

Rydstrom, a hugely acclaimed sound designer, »

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LucasFilm's Strange Magic Trailer Is Musical and Ridiculous

25 November 2014 5:21 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Well that was quick. Just days after announcing Strange Magic with its first look, Lucasfilm is unveiling its first trailer. Check it out below: While on a film shoot far, far away Lucasfilm is producing new Star Wars movies, here at home they are readying for the release of Strange Magic, an animated film on which George Lucas is the executive producer, and scores a story credit. But the inspiration for this fairy-centric tale is actually William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. With the release of Strange Magic's first look, we discovered the film would center on fairies battling over a powerful potion, while occasionally taking a moment to deliver playful covers on pop songs. Thanks to the first trailer, we're seeing these two sides in action, we know the potion "destroys order," and that those pop songs include "Wild Thing," "Say Hey (I Love You)," and "Sugar Pie »

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George Lucas's Strange Magic: First full trailer shows magical conflict

23 November 2014 6:37 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A full trailer for Disney and Lucasfilm's Strange Magic has been released.

The clip was published by Yahoo Movies and offers the first real look at the long-anticipated animation.

The "madcap fairy tale musical" sees magical creatures including goblins, elves and fairies embarking on an epic battle over a powerful enchanted potion against a soundtrack of popular songs from the last 60 years.

The Gary Rydstrom-directed film is inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream and written by Rydstrom, Elf's David Berenbaum and Brave's Irene Mecchi.

The voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as Kristin Chenoweth, Alfred Molina, Sam Palladio and Elijah Kelley.

Strange Magic is released on January 23, 2015 in the Us and on February 11 in the UK. »

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Trailer For Lucasfilm's Strange Magic

21 November 2014 12:53 PM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Considering George Lucas' name is attached, it is a surprise that Strange Magic was able to sneak under everybody's radar, but sneak it did, with the animated fairy tale hitting the big screen next year. Lucas provides the story, while Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic (who were the minds behind Rango) deliver some extremely pretty visuals for this magical tale, inspired by William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', that makes great use of popular songs from the last six decades. Check out the trailer below. Featuring the voices of Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph, Peter Stormare, and Alfred Molina, Strange Magic reaches the U.S. on January 23rd, and Ireland and the U.K. on February 11th. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Watch the First Trailer for Lucasfilm's Strange Magic

21 November 2014 11:08 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

A couple weeks ago, we first learned that George Lucas had scripted an all new animated movie for Lucasfilm called Strange Magic. While the announcement gave us a release date, Lfl and Disney have now released the film's first official trailer.  Come inside to check it out!

The trailer comes courtesy of Yahoo, and the animation looks pretty impressive.  As for the story...I'm not entirely sold on it just yet.  It looks like it's certainly more geared towards a younger audience, and perhaps that's what's throwing me off.  It's not necessarily bad, just not what I was expecting to see.  

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, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Watch: Trailer For Animated Musical 'Strange Magic' Written By George Lucas

21 November 2014 10:03 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Okay, so it's not the trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens," but the below is something from the mind of George Lucas. Inspired by William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Strange Magic" is an animated tale that he wrote, and hey, it's not everyday you hear about something like that. Featuring the voices of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare, the movie lines up a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and follows their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Now toss in some popular songs from the past six decades and you get....this. What ever happened to "I"m-gonna-make-experimental-movies-in-my-garage" George Lucas? Anyway, this opens on January 23, 2015. Watch below. »

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Watch: First Trailer for 'Strange Magic', New Animated Movie from Lucasfilm

21 November 2014 9:09 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Disney has premiered the first trailer and a few new pictures from the out-of-nowhere animated film Strange Magic, which comes from a story by George Lucas described as 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. The voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare. I can't say I'm all that interested in this, but I have found my interest »

- Brad Brevet

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New George Lucas movie gets January 2015 release

11 November 2014 11:10 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Strange Magic, an animated film conceived by George Lucas, is set for release in two months' time...

Now here's a surprise. It's been known for a while that Lucasfilm had been working on an animated movie, but little had been heard from it for some time. As it turns out though, said movie is done, and Disney has earmarked it for release - under its Touchstone Pictures banner - on January 23rd 2015.

The film is called Strange Magic, and the story for it has come directly from George Lucas. He also serves as executive producer on the film. It's directed by Gary Rydstrom, who's worked on the sound of several Lucas productions in the past, and more recently has been at Pixar. Whilst at Pixar, Rydstrom directed the short film Lifted, and also Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation. He was set to direct a full length feature, Newt, but Pixar »

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Disney and Lucasfilm Team Up Brings You Strange Magic

11 November 2014 5:48 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Disney and Lucasfilms are teaming up to bring us a new film called Strange Magic.  Check out the details.

You heard right, Disney is working with Lucasfilm and George Lucas himself for the animated film Strange Magic.

Set to hit theaters on January 23, 2015 Lucas has writen the film and Gary Rydstrom will direct.

Check out the details from 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.

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 »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Mike Petty)

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Strange Magic: First look at George Lucas, Disney animated adventure

11 November 2014 11:45 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first image from upcoming animated movie Strange Magic.

Executive produced by George Lucas, the film was in production when Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012.

Inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream, Strange Magic has been described as a "madcap fairy tale musical" which will feature popular songs from the last 60 years, as goblins, elves, fairies and imps embark on a great battle for a powerful potion.

Directed by Gary Rydstrom, the picture offers a first look at the Bog King, Griselda and Marianne, voiced by Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph and Evan Rachel Wood respectively.

The voice cast also includes Kristin Chenoweth, Alfred Molina, Sam Palladio, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, Peter Stormare and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull.

Rydstrom co-wrote the film's script alongside Elf's David Berenbaum and Brave's Irene Mecchi.

Released through Touchstone Pictures, Strange Magic will hit cinemas on January 23, 2015. »

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Strange Magic: Get Your First Look At George Lucas' New Film

11 November 2014 10:47 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With Star Wars, George Lucas forever changed the face of science fiction, but the latest from Lucasfilm will be dealing in a different genre altogether. We're talking Shakespeare. Seriously, Shakespeare. Couldn't you tell from its first look? Walt Disney Studios has officially announced the latest from Lucasfilm will be Strange Magic, a madcap fairy tale musical that's animated and inspired by William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. However, while the classic play splits its focus between feuding fairies and all too human young lovers, Strange Magic seems to be sticking solely to the mystical members of the forest. The press release promises goblins, elves, fairies and imps that will sing popular songs from the past few decades as they battle over a powerful potion. You can get a peak at these creatures in the picture up top. There's no nod to what this elixir might do, but it we're to »

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Lucasfilm Announces "Strange Magic"

11 November 2014 10:07 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Lucasfilm and Touchstone Pictures have announced a January 23rd 2015 release date for the Gary Rydstrom-directed animated feature "Strange Magic". The project is described as a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Popular songs from the past six decades are weaved into this comedic tale of magical creatures - including goblins, elves, fairies and imps - who become caught up in misadventures due to a powerful potion.

The voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare. Marius de Vries ("Moulin Rouge") serves as the film's musical director and composer.

George Lucas penned the story and will executive produce, whilst Rydstrom, David Berenbaum and Irene Mecchi worked on the script. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Ilm, which previously worked on 2011's "Rango," are handling the animation.

The project comes as a surprise. »

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Disney, Lucasfilm announce 'Strange Magic,' an animated musical from 'Star Wars 7' sound mixer

11 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A year after the industry-rattling announcement that Walt Disney Pictures had acquired LucasFilm and planned on moving forward with hew "Star Wars" movies, there were vague reports that George Lucas and prequel trilogy sound mixer Gary Rydstrom were collaborating on an untitled animated film. Further digging revealed that the project may have been in the works since 2010. Without Disney or LucasFilm confirmations, the project was filed under rumors and left alone. Now, the joint companies have unearthed the long-gestating project on their own. "Strange Magic" will suddenly arrive in January 2015. In an official press release, Disney describes the feature cartoon as "a madcap fairy tale musical" inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Pop songs plucked from "the last six decades" will 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." Which »

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Lucasfilm's 'Strange Magic' due out in 2015

11 November 2014 9:54 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

An animated musical inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream with a story from George Lucas is headed to theaters this coming January, Disney announced Tuesday.  Touchstone Pictures will release Lucasfilm's Strange Magic Jan. 23, 2015. The film's musical qualities are Moulin Rouge-like, as it features pop songs from the "past six decades," and features the voices of some musical theater heavyweights like Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth. Evan Rachel Wood, Maya Rudolph, and Alfred Molina are among the others in the cast. Though Lucas conceived the story, the movie is directed by Gary Rydstrom, who wrote the screenplay with David Berenbaum of Elf and Irene Mecchi, »

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First Look: Lucasfilm's Animated 'Strange Magic' Arriving in January

11 November 2014 9:26 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

While we're all so transfixed by what Lucasfilm is doing with Star Wars now that the production company is under the banner of Disney, that's not the only thing they've been working on. In fact, Lucasfilm has an animated movie called Strange Magic that has just been given a release date of January 23rd, 2015 by Touchstone Pictures, one of Disney's distribution arms. The film is described as a "madcap fairy tale musical" inspired by the classic tale A Midsummer Night's Dream, so no, that's not a weird variation of Groot in the image above. Instead, that's our first look at the Bog King (voiced by Alan Cumming), Griselda (Maya Rudolph) and Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) in the computer animated film. Look! Here's the first image from Gary Rydstrom's Strange Magic from Lucasfilm: Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (of the Pixar shorts Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation and »

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Surprise! George Lucas Wrote A Disney Animated Movie Called ‘Strange Magic’ & It Comes Out January 2015

11 November 2014 9:26 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Surprise! George Lucas may have washed his hands clean of the “Star Wars” franchise (some will say “thank Christ!”), but that doesn’t mean the filmmaker is sitting on his hands. Evidently he’s been quietly making a movie all this time —or at least he’s written one. It’s a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd. called “Strange Magic.” Touchstone Pictures will release the film on January 23, 2015, and it's a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” According to a press release, “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.” But mostly it’s wild that this picture is coming out so soon and no one really knew a thing about it. It’s interesting to note this was yet »

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Lucasfilm's Animated Musical 'Strange Magic' Is Coming in 2015 (Photo)

11 November 2014 7:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

After years of development, Lucasfilm's animated musical "Strange Magic" finally has a release date.

The film, based on a story by none other than "Star Wars" mastermind and onetime Lucasfilm head George Lucas, is set for release on January 23, 2015. Per Variety, "Strange Magic" is "a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' with popular songs from the past six decades used 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."

And Lucas isn't the only big name attached to the project. The star-studded cast is stacked with Broadway and Hollywood heavyweights, including Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, Peter Stormare, and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull.

"Strange Magic" has actually been in production since Disney purchased Lucasfilm »

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Ilm animated film Strange Magic from George Lucas coming in 2015

11 November 2014 6:20 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

In today's Out of Left Field News, word has come down that a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd. called Strange Magic will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015. The film is billed as a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” The studios that brought us the visual effects of Gore Vebinski's Rango, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, are responsible for bringing to life the »

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10 Observations About Allison Williams' Pic as Peter Pan

3 September 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The first press photo of Allison Williams as the title character in NBC's live musical version of "Peter Pan" is here. It is... fascinating. It looks like an illustration on a package of colored pencils, and we can't stop staring at it. We have 10 observations about this priceless picture. 1. Apparently Never Never Land is just a backdrop at Sears.  2. Judging by his outfit, Peter Pan is the naughtiest Bennigan's waiter of all time.  3. If Peter is so imaginative, why does he buy sale items at Topshop? 4. The fishnet sleeves make us believe Peter is going to be Joan Jett someday. 5. Allison is here to prove that "Peter Pan" is shorthand for "Young Peter Gallagher in a Kohl's Catalog." 6. This show will be a hybrid of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Tomb Raider." 7. Peter Pan wears shorts and boots because he secretly wants to grow up to be Heidi from "Tool Time. »

- Louis Virtel

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'The Best of Me' Trailer: A Sexy High School Reunion From Nicholas Sparks

6 June 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Nicholas Sparks is at it again, with his darn heart-tuggin' ways. In "The Best of Me," high school sweethearts are reunited after 20 years apart. James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan star as Dawson and Amanda, whose dreamy small-town love is cut short by Amanda's dad. (Liana Liberato and Luke Bracey play teenage Amanda and Dawson.) Dawson never quite got over their affair, but Amanda's moved on -- until they see each other again, and boom! You know how that goes.

Except, since it's a Sparks novel, there will be plenty of weird twists thrown in to keep our not-so-young lovers on their toes. This trailer emphasizes the soft-focus romantic bits, but nothing is ever that easy in Nicholas Sparks' world. If you saw last year's "Safe Haven," you know just how crazy things can get, so perhaps brace yourselves for something truly bananas to come out of left field.

Director Michael Hoffman, »

- Jenni Miller

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