Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a fairy tale—but not your average fairy tale. It’s a madcap musical with a princess who has sworn off love, a vulnerable villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious and big-hearted elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming.
“I wanted to do something fun and happy yet unexpected,” says executive producer George Lucas. “It’s a story about love and how the most unlikely people fall in love. It’s about finding true beauty in someone’s soul regardless of how they look.”
Director Gary Rydstrom adds, “The whole movie is about seeing something in a new way—looking past the obvious.”
Strange Magic welcomes an extraordinary roster of voice talent, including Alan Cumming (CBS’ The Good Wife, Broadway’s Cabaret) as Bog King, Evan Rachel Wood (The Ides of March) as feisty fairy Marianne, Elijah Kelley (Hairspray, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) as lovelorn elf Sunny, newcomer Meredith Anne Bull as Marianne’s lovesick sister Dawn, Sam Palladio (ABC’s Nashville) as heartbreaker Roland, Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s Wicked) as the potion-making Sugar Plum Fairy, Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6, Bridesmaids) as Bog’s mum Griselda, Alfred Molina (Chocolat) as the Fairy King, and Bob Einstein (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Peter Stormare (Fargo) as Stuff and Thang, Bog’s loyal goblin assistants.
Strange Magic opens January 23.
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