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Strange Magic (2015)

Country: USA

Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Taglines: They're as different as night and day. But sometimes even enemies just need a little magic.

Director: Gary Rydstrom

Writers: Irene Mecchi, Gary Rydstrom, George Lucas, David Berenbaum, ...

Stars: Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Kelley, Meredith Anne Bull, ...

"Strange Magic," a new animated film, 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.

67 | 2015-01-21 | Jesse Hassenger

Strange Magic, an animated film from Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic, borrows its sensibility from another movie from the summer of 2001: "Moulin Rouge." The new film’s composer and music director, Marius De Vries, even arranged songs for Baz Luhrmann’s phantasmagorical musical.
Read More: The A.V. Club

67 | 2015-01-21 | Drew Taylor

Strange Magic is messy and uneven and occasionally annoying, but it also dares to be different.
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50 | 2015-01-22 | Claudia Puig

Strange Magic is strange all right, but hardly magical.
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40 | 2015-08-24 | Helen O'Hara

While there are fun moments, the whole is an odd mix of grotesquerie and cutesiness.
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40 | 2015-01-23 | Bilge Ebiri

The problem with Strange Magic isn’t so much its derivative story as it is the odd, half-complete way it unfolds. You can sense the weird mixture of tones, influences, ideas — as if the whole thing were still in its planning stages.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

40 | 2015-01-22 | Ben Kenigsberg

At once disarming and calculated, Strange Magic is a film of commodified feelings, evoking memories of other experiences — whether of Shakespeare, the original songs or authentic enchantment.
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38 | 2015-01-29 | Peter Keough

If you close your eyes you’d think it was a commercial for a “Great Love Songs” DVD collection.
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38 | 2015-01-23 | Roger Moore

A cartoon fantasy cooked up from a half-baked idea from George Lucas.
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38 | 2015-01-23 | Glenn Kenny

Strange Magic is essentially a jukebox musical so song-laden as to practically be an operetta, and the songs are so eclectic that they never quite fit into the movie’s flying-insect world, which is divided into dark and light forests.
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30 | 2015-01-23 | Keith Phipps

Strange Magic certainly isn’t an ordinary sort of mess, and the personal nature of the project is still evident in the finished film.
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30 | 2015-01-22 | Betsy Sharkey

The look of the animation has limited charm. The story is primarily a string of life lessons for little ones, impossible to miss. And there is a great deal of singing. I don't think even fools will fall in love with Strange Magic.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

25 | 2015-01-22 | Drew McWeeny

I don't think Strange Magic is terrible movie, but it is a very weird one in many ways, and perhaps the most bizarre thing about it is realizing that we finally have a fairy tale written expressly for the age of date rape drugs.
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25 | 2015-01-22 | Michael Ordoña

The plot movement feels very much like an unpleasant formality, shoved forward by tiresome devices.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

25 | 2015-01-22 | Lou Lumenick

A jaw-droppingly terrible animated musical that mismatches George Lucas’ inane story about a pair of fairy princesses to an oddball selection of the “Star Wars’’ creator’s favorite pop tunes.
Read More: New York Post

20 | 2015-01-28 | Steve Davis

It’s like watching a cartoon version of American Idol on an endless karaoke loop.
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20 | 2015-01-21 | Graham Fuller

The eerie wood was exquisitely designed. Disastrously, what goes on there suggests a Californian mall during spring break.
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20 | 2015-01-21 | Justin Chang

A thoroughly derivative and unengaging fantasy.
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12 | 2015-01-21 | Ed Gonzalez

As juvenile and frivolous a wish-fulfillment fantasy as one might expect from the visionary behind the lightsaber and Princess Leia hogtied to Jabba the Hut, Strange Magic depicts war as a series of scarcely muddied binary oppositions: between good and evil, the beautiful and the ugly, and singing and death by karaoke.
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10 | 2015-01-21 | Michael Rechtshaffen

A shrill, garish hodgepodge of familiar elements from other animated vehicles (most evidently 2013’s Epic), there’s virtually nothing about this forced, fractured fairy tale that feels remotely fresh or involving.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

5 | 2015-01-21 | Alonso Duralde

Terrible character design, combined with a painful lack of laughs and a crushing plethora of ghastly songs, makes Strange Magic perhaps the worst animated feature ever to come out of Disney (which might explain why the studio is releasing the film under its now-rarely-used Touchstone label). Compared to other Lucas missteps of recent years, it’ll make you nostalgic for Jar Jar Binks.
Read More: TheWrap