The Maker just keeps on making it seems.
Our friends at Disney just told us that Strange Magic, a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and written by George Lucas, will release in theaters on January 23, 2015.
Distributed by Disney and Touchstone Pictures, the animated film will feature popular songs from the past six decades as a way to 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.
Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award-winning film Rango, are bringing the fanciful forest turned upside down to life with their world-famous visual effects.
An extraordinary roster of film, television and Broadway stars are lending their voices to the movie, including Alan Cumming (CBS’ The Good Wife, Broadway’s Cabaret), Evan Rachel Wood (The Ides of March), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s Wicked), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6, Bridesmaids), Sam Palladio (ABC’s Nashville), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina (Chocolat), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray, The Butler), Bob Einstein (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Peter Stormare (Fargo). Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (Moulin Rouge) serves as both the musical director and composer.
The film is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer Mars Attacks!) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King) and Rydstrom.
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