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Strange Magic

Fantasy . Family . Animation . Music

“Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with popular songs from the past six decades used to 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.

Actors: Meredith Anne Bull , Peter Stormare , Bob Einstein , Elijah Kelley , Alfred Molina , Sam Palladio , Maya Rudolph , Kristin Chenoweth , Evan Rachel Wood , Alan Cumming
Directors: Gary Rydstrom
Country: USA
Release: 2015-01-23
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  • 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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    Strange Magic is messy and uneven and occasionally annoying, but it also dares to be different.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Strange Magic is strange all right, but hardly magical.

    USA Today Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • 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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    If you close your eyes you’d think it was a commercial for a “Great Love Songs” DVD collection.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A cartoon fantasy cooked up from a half-baked idea from George Lucas.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • 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. Full Review
  • 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.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • 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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • 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.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Michael Ordona

    The plot movement feels very much like an unpleasant formality, shoved forward by tiresome devices.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    It’s like watching a cartoon version of American Idol on an endless karaoke loop.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Graham Fuller

    The eerie wood was exquisitely designed. Disastrously, what goes on there suggests a Californian mall during spring break.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    A thoroughly derivative and unengaging fantasy.

    Variety Full Review
  • 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.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • 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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • 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.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    While there are fun moments, the whole is an odd mix of grotesquerie and cutesiness.

    Empire Full Review
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