Star Wars isn’t the only LucasFilm project Disney are putting out. In January 2015, LucasFilm‘s Strange Magic, written by George Lucas, himself, will be released. What we know is the Strange Magic is a fairytale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and will include popular songs from the past 6 decades. Strange Magic tells the tale of a colorful cast of Goblins, Elves, Fairies, and Imps, as they hilariously battle over a powerful potion. LucasFilm Animation Singapore and ILM, who were responsible for Nickelodeon‘s 2011 Rango, will bring this magical take to life.
When news first broke of an upcoming Strange Magic movie, many people believed it to be a sequel to the immensely popular, but annoying adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson‘s “The Snow Queen,” Frozen. I’m pretty sure all those hearts broke, when it was revealed to be a completely different movie then Frozen.
What is interesting to note is that the film will be released through Touchstone Pictures, a division of Walt Disney Pictures, rather then by Disney‘s animated studio. This could mean that this animated venture is much more adult then anything we have seen so far. Knowing that LucasFilm helped work on The Labyrinth, and judging from the style of the characters, one could draw many similarities between the two films. This could be Disney‘s first PG-13 animated feature, and for that reason, they decided to put it out through Touchstone Pictures, which holds their first R rated movie, Down and Out in Beverly Hills. Strange Magic may be a mature animated feature aimed at an audience older then Disney‘s usual targets. Strange Magic is not a Frozen sequel.
Strange Magic will hit theaters on January 23, 2015, with a script by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Mecchi (Lion King), and Gary Rydstrom who is also directing. The voice cast includes Even Rachel Wood, Allen Cumming, and Maya Rudolph, among others. Mark S. Miller will produce, while George Lucas will act as executive producer.