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Strange Magic (2015)



Critic Consensus: Like most modern animated movies, Strange Magic is lovely to look at; unfortunately, there isn't much going on beneath the surface.

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"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. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. (C) Disney

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Kristin Chenoweth
as Sugar Plum Fairy
Maya Rudolph
as Griselda
Alfred Molina
as Fairy King
Robbie Daymond
as Fairy Cronies
Tony Cox
as Plum Elf
Gary Rydstrom
as Angry Gus
Alan Cumming
as Bog King
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Critic Reviews for Strange Magic

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (16)

The best Lucas film in 25 years: funny, idiosyncratic, hippy-dippy, packed with creatures and visions worth beholding.

February 2, 2015 | Full Review…

It instantly rates as one of the most dismal animations ever released under the Disney umbrella.

January 23, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Strange Magic isn't very magical, but it sure is strange.

January 23, 2015 | Full Review…

If you're a hardcore animation person with not-very-demanding children you might take a chance.

January 23, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

I know we're talking about fairy tales here. But why does the king, who resembles a cockroach and talks like a Scot, have a mother who seems to be a slug and talks like a Jewish-mother joke?

January 23, 2015 | Rating: 2/4

Said to be inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the film plays more like "Avatar" scored to a karaoke competition.

January 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Strange Magic


From Lucasfilm comes the animated musical fantasy Strange Magic. The story follows a jaded fairy princess whose former finance attempts to win her back by tricking an elf into venturing into the dark forest to get a love potion for him. Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, and Peter Stormare, the film has a strong cast that does a great job at bringing the characters to life. And the CGI is really good, with a distinctive look and an impressive use of color. However, the plot relies too heavily on musical numbers and several of the songs get repeated over and over again. Strange Magic isn't without its charm, but it's a familiar tale that's been told before (and better).

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