Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Lucasfilm Animation Unleashing 'Strange Magic' in January 2015 [UPDATED]
Coming seemingly out of nowhere, this collaboration between Lucasfilm and Industrial Light And Magic will be released by Disney's Touchstone Pictures in North America in January. Starting life as an idea from Lucas himself, it's apparently inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream. The film is a so-called Jukebox Musical- meaning rather than specially written music, it will feature existing hit songs on the soundtrack. The voice cast features Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood and Broadway/Glee star Kristin Chenoweth. The directorial chair is being filled by Pixar veteran Gary Rydstrom.
Other than that, we know very little. Usually due to the extremely long time animated movies take to produce. we know about films years in advance. But this is just a couple of months away from release- which is practically unheard of.
January is traditionally a bit of a 'dump month' for Studios- it's a release date which suggests the distributors are hardly overwhelmingly confident in their product. On the other hand the single image released so far (see above) is certainly attractive enough, and ILM previously gave us the excellent Rango. It could turn out brilliant, it could be terrible... we just don't know. Either way, nobody even knew this existed before yesterday... and that's a pretty exciting situation to be in. Strange Magic will be released in the United States on January 23rd 2015.
UPDATE: The first trailer has been released! Check it out below:
Posted by Chris Perkins
Chris writes about movies, games, TV and other stuff you love, and has written for places including MyM magazine, Rant Gaming, KillStreakMedia and Anime UK News. He particularly specialises in the field of animation and spends far too much time watching cartoons for a grown up. He regrets nothing. Follow him at @misterchristor.