Trailer for George Lucas’ animated musical ‘Strange Magic’ debuts

Lucas set out to make a "beautiful" fairy tale, and it looks like he did.

 

Lisa Granshaw

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Published Nov 21, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 3:55 am CDT

When fans learned about the upcoming fairy tale animated musical Strange Magic, they found it hard to contain their excitement over George Lucas’ involvement with the project. Beyond a title, brief synopsis, and impressive cast list including the likes of Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth though, little else was known about the film. Now we finally have a trailer and more information about the film featuring a story from the mind of the Star Wars creator himself.

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The first trailer for Strange Magic debuted on Yahoo Movies Friday and gives us a better look at the beautiful animation style we can expect in the film.

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“[Lucas] really wanted to make a beautiful fairy tale with goblins and elves, and do it in a way that only this company can do. He had been working on it for a long time,” Strange Magic director and longtime Lucasfilm employee Gary Rydstrom said in an interview with Yahoo Movies.

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The story will revolve around two worlds, one a magical kingdom and the other a mysterious dark forest. Normally the residents of each don’t mix but that changes when forbidden love potions are let loose—which is not a surprise considering the movie is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Rydstrom told Yahoo Movies that “Lucas often emphasized that the story should be about ‘finding beauty in strange places.’”

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Throughout the trailer you can hear snippets of the pop songs that will be included in the film as well, though they sometimes feel a bit out of place with the stunning fantasy animation.

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Fan reaction to the trailer has been more mixed than reaction to the initial news, with more seemingly disappointed by what they see in this first footage.

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Strange Magic will arrive in theaters Jan. 23, 2015.

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H/T Yahoo Movies | Photo via Lucasfilm Ltd.

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*First Published: Nov 21, 2014, 7:19 pm CST