Strange Magic Movie Review, Fun Facts and Featurette #StrangeMagic
Like many of you I enjoy a good love story. Boy and girl meet, fall in love and live happily every after. At least that's what happens in fairy tales. But what if fairy tales were a bit more realistic. What if boy and girl meet but it isn't true love? Or the prince isn't handsome? And the princess a bit jaded? Would the fairytale still be a good one?
Note: I was invited as media to the press screening. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.
If the fairy tale is Strange Magic, then absolutely. This animated tale open in theaters this weekend and I highly recommend it for families. Highly. And not just because I interviewed George Lucas and the Strange Magic cast of actors. Hearing how the movie was developed only made me love it more.
The main story surrounds Marianne a Fairy, who at the start of the film is getting ready to marry Roland, another fairy with amazing hair but not so nice personality. What is suppose to be true love turns into something that changes Marianne's views on love and her fashion sense.
FLY AWAY – Artists referenced monarch and blue morpho butterflies to create the look of fairies like Marianne, Dawn and Roland. Animation was customized for each fairy and designed to reflect individual personalities and where they were in their character arc. Marianne, for example, goes from clumsy to athletic during the course of the film.
Strange Magic has a bit of empowerment message for girls. This was something that George Lucas aimed for since he said he wanted to make a movie for girls since boys have Star Wars. A movie that sends a message about seeing and loving a person for who they are. Not superficially.
And empower girls he did. Marianne becomes a bit of a rebel fairy who sets off to rescue her sister from The Bog King. A journey that drives the story and leads Marianne to find true love in a most unexpected place.
The journey of both Marianne and the Bog King is the appeal of Strange Magic. The movie offers something a bit refreshing about what it means to find true love and once you found it what you'll do for it. All while singing.
NAME THAT TUNE – “Strange Magic” weaves together new versions of favorite songs from the last six decades—including songs made famous by artists ranging from Mickey & Sylvia and Elvis Presley to Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.
Each scene is highlighted with a song that suit the situation. The way the music is remixed to fit the scene and tone of the story was amazingly done. I heard some of my favorite songs in new ways and discovered some I didn't know about. All songs ranged from different styles of pop to reggae and will be sure to please. Trust me you'll start singing along.
If you're already a fan of the music, you can get the Strange Magic soundtrack on iTunes!
Besides the love lesson and music, Strange Magic has great animation and characters including a match making Bog mom and humorous goblin assistants. While the fairy world has the expected beauty background, it's the Bog Kings world the blew my mind. At first dark and scary with creepy things crawling. And mushrooms who provide entertaining message replying.
FRIGHTENING FERNS – Filmmakers found fun foliage to help illustrate the spookiness of the Dark Forest. Fiddlehead ferns, which feature furled fronds, were very effective tools in the film: one unfurls as Marianne makes her way through the forest.
But the Bog World has it's own charm and beauty which you will see. The animation for those scene and through out are on a different level then what your use to. It really adds something visual satisfying.
Strange Magic also features lots of amazing characters from both worlds and even otherworldly like the sugar plum fairy (voiced by Kristin Chenoweth) who's singing was also beautiful.
There's lots more I can tell you about the movie but I don't want to give away too much. Much better for you and your family to fully enjoy it the way me and my son did. But I do want to share this featurette with you!
Strange Magic – “Making of Strange Magic” Featurette
“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” 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.
Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.
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