First Look: Lucasfilm's Animated 'Strange Magic' Arriving in January
by Ethan Anderton
November 11, 2014
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 Lifted) from a screenplay he wrote with David Berenbaum (Elf) and Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King), with the story by George Lucas, inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the madcap fairy tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. The voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Alfred Molina, Sam Palladio, Elijah Kelly, Bob Eistein, Peter Stormare and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull. The film arrives on January 23rd, 2015.