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George Lucas produces the Ilm animated fantasy, Strange Magic. Here's Mark's review of a curious genre mash-up...

Since George Lucas got out of the Star Wars business, he's been lending his Hollywood heft to some long-gestating passion projects that might be difficult to produce independently elsewhere. He started developing Red Tails, a war movie about the Tuskegee airmen, back in 1988 and eventually served as producer and an uncredited co-director on the 2012 movie.

Lucasfilm's latest, Strange Magic, is directed by Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom, but it's also been around for much longer than you'd think. 15 years ago, while working on that pesky prequel trilogy, Lucas started thinking about making a film for his daughters. “Just like Star Wars was designed for 12-year-old boys,” Lucas told Wired upon the film's Us release in January, “Strange Magic was designed for 12-year-old girls.”

If that sounds a little reminiscent of when John Travolta
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Review: 'Strange Magic' is a toxic and unpleasant formula for kids

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Review: 'Strange Magic' is a toxic and unpleasant formula for kids
Every now and then, I find myself suddenly and unexpectedly angry at George Lucas, but not for reasons that have anything to do with "Star Wars." There has been a refrain we've heard from him over and over during the past couple of decades, where he talks about returning to his roots and making experimental films that could never exist inside the studio system, movies that aren't created to be commercial product, but that come from a very personal place. And over and over, those comments lead nowhere and nothing happens. I'd love to see him do it, though. I have a huge fondness for "Thx-1138," Lucas's first feature film, which evolved out of a student film he made. I take Lucas at his word that commercial filmmaking was never meant to be the complete detour it became after "American Graffiti" and "Star Wars" both blew up into mega-hits,
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Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Depp and George Lucas Battle for 2nd at Box Office

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Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Depp and George Lucas Battle for 2nd at Box Office
Boy Next Door,” “Mortdecai”and “Strange Magic” open against “American Sniper,” which aims for $45 million in repeat win

Johnny Depp and Jennifer Lopez, two stars whose best box box office days appear behind them, will try to bounce back in new movies opening Friday. But with the record-breaking reigning champ “American Sniper” turning into a cultural phenomenon, they may have picked the wrong weekend.

Lopez is featured in Universal Pictures’ R-rated erotic thriller “The Boy Next Door” as a high school teacher who becomes the object of a young neighbor’s obsession after a one-night stand. Rob Cohen directs and Ryan Guzman,
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Film Review: ‘Strange Magic’

Film Review: ‘Strange Magic’
If you’ve ever longed for a movie with all the insistent life lessons of a Disney fairy tale, the tacky visual excesses of digital-era George Lucas, and enough glorified karaoke covers to fill half a season of “Glee,” then you may want to treat yourself to the altogether perplexing animated brew that is “Strange Magic.” Everyone else can just imagine a CG cartoon mash-up of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Arthur and the Invisibles” and “American Idol” populated by extras from the Mos Eisley Cantina, and they’ll pretty much get the idea. An insipid byproduct of the Disney-Lucasfilm merger that looks to attract a fraction (if that) of the audience for this year’s “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens,” this noisy, unappealing children’s fantasy fails to distinguish itself among January’s many, many reasons to steer clear of the multiplex.

Lucas is credited here
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‘Strange Magic’ Review: George Lucas’ Off-Key Kiddie Dud Will Make You Miss Jar Jar Binks (Video)

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‘Strange Magic’ Review: George Lucas’ Off-Key Kiddie Dud Will Make You Miss Jar Jar Binks (Video)
Rubber-faced characters and a seemingly ceaseless parade of repurposed pop ditties combine to make what might be the worst animated feature Disney has ever released

Well, now we know what a Las Vegas show designed for eight-year-olds would look like.

The advance marketing on producer George Lucas’ “Strange Magic” suggested a retread of the not-all-that-memorable 2013 cartoon “Epic.” And yes, this fairies-versus-bugs story does recall that earlier film, but “Magic” also ladles in unwieldy dollops of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Moulin Rouge!” and a particularly long and excruciating episode of “American Idol.”

See Video: Sing Along With the First Trailer
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George Lucas's Strange Magic: First full trailer shows magical conflict

George Lucas's Strange Magic: First full trailer shows magical conflict
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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‘Strange Magic’ Trailer: George Lucas’ Animated Fairy Tale

‘Strange Magic’ Trailer: George Lucas’ Animated Fairy Tale
The first trailer has dropped for Lucasfilm’s next project, animated fairy tale Strange Magic. Goblins, elves, fairies and imps collide, sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph and Sam Palladio provide the voices and Gary Rydstrom directs and co-wrote the screenplay with David Berenbaum (Elf),and Irene Mecchi (Brave) based on a story by George Lucas. Strange Magic will be released January 23 via Touchstone Pictures.
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Watch The First Trailer For George Lucas’s Strange Magic

Here’s your first look at the trailer for Touchstone PicturesStrange Magic.

Starring the voice cast of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, and Peter Stormare, Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., 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 bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. The upcoming movie is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas. The screenplay is by David Berenbaum, Irene Mecchi, and Gary Rydstrom.

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Lucasfilm's Animated 'Strange Magic' Trailer is Silliness & Pop Tunes

Just over a week ago, we were all surprised to learn of the existence of a new animated movie from Lucasfilm called Strange Magic that Disney was going to release through their Touchstone Pictures banner in January. Now the first trailer has arrived to show us why this film is getting a hasty, last minute promotional push and release. If "from the mind of George Lucas" isn't enough to turn you off in this day and age, the trailer should do it. This looks like a comedic version of Epic (which already wasn't a good animated movie) chock full of pop song covers. This just looks terrible and devoid of any charm. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Gary Rydstrom's Strange Magic, originally from Yahoo: Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (of the Pixar shorts Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation and Lifted) from a screenplay he wrote with
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First Look At George Lucas' 'Strange Magic'

George Lucas' Strange Magic will be released by Touchstone Pictures next January. The animated comedy is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The film feature popular songs from the past six decades. This will be the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation, Lifted), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer Mars Attacks!) and executive produced by Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King) and Rydstrom.

Strange Magic will be voiced by 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 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC
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George Lucas Has A Film Coming Out In January! Get The Details Here…

I posted that headline as I did because I have quite honestly never heard of this movie prior to writing this article. Surprising really considering the amount of movies I personally digest news-wise every day. Yes indeed, George Lucas has a movie arriving in (Us) cinemas in January; one which he wrote the story for, and executive produces.

The film is question is an animated fare named Strange Magic, the synopsis for which we’ve posted below.

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.

Gary Rydstrom directs and co-wrote the screenplay with Elf writer David Berenbaum and Irene Mecchi (The Lion King). There’s some quality pedigree in there then.
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New George Lucas movie gets January 2015 release

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

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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
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Lucasfilm Announces Animation Strange Magic For This January

Well, that was unexpected. Today, Lucasfilm announced that it will be bringing us an animated film titled Strange Magic in just three short months. Touchstone Pictures will be releasing the project, inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” into theaters on January 23rd, 2015.

Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, Peter Stormare and Elijah Kelley all lend their voices to the film, playing magical creatures such as goblins, elves, fairies and imps who come to blows over a magic potion. Musical interludes help to tell the story, with Strange Magic incorporating “popular songs from the past six decades.”

Gary Rydstrom, a seven-time Oscar winner for his work as a sound designer on films as diverse as Saving Private Ryan, Titanic and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, will direct from an original idea by George Lucas. Rydstrom’s experience isn’t limited to sound work – he also helmed Oscar-nominated,
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Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Strange Magic Gets A January 23, 2015 Release Date

Strange Magic © & Tm 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Here’s your first look at the new animated film Strange Magic.

Walt Disney Studios announced today that the movie, from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.

The film 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”), produced by Mark S . Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas,
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Strange Magic: First look at George Lucas, Disney animated adventure

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

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

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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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Disney Announces George Lucas Animated Musical 'Strange Magic'

Disney Announces George Lucas Animated Musical 'Strange Magic'
Disney announced today that George Lucas has secretly been working on an animated musical for release early next year. Strange Magic is a new film from Lucasfilm Ltd. that will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.&#160

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.&#160

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore&#160and&#160Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011's Academy Award&#174-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"), produced by Mark S. Miller&#160(associate producer "Mars Attacks!")&#160and executive produced by George Lucas,
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Lucasfilm's 'Strange Magic' due out in 2015

Lucasfilm's 'Strange Magic' due out in 2015
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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