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Lucasfilm announces new Shakespeare inspired animated film, “Strange Magic”

Today Lucasfilm and Disney offered a glimpse of their latest project when they announced their new animated movie, Strange Magic. The movie is written and produced by George Lucas and is an animated film inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. While, like many Disney animated films, Strange Magic is a musical, it looks like we won’t be seeing any original songs here. Instead, “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” (source).

Strange Magic has a (surprisingly soon) release date of January 23, 2015 and will include the voice talents of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredeth Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, and Peter Stormare.

 

About Kelly Orazi

Kelly Orazi is currently a graduate student of medieval and fantasy literature at the newly founded Mythgard Institute. Her interests range from children’s fantasy literature (especially Harry Potter) and modern fantasy to medieval and classical literature. Her scholarly work on fantasy has been presented at Mythcon 43 and at 2013’s largest Harry Potter conference, LeakyCon Portland. She has also contributed to the popular Harry Potter site, thehogshead.org and writes regularly on J.R.R. Tolkien and other fantasy works on her own blog, http://themiddlepage-orazi.blogspot.com