George Lucas Co-Wrote an Animated Movie Opening Next Year
What do you get for the guy who has everything (and by everything, I mean somewhere in the neighborhood of $4 billion)? How about an animated movie to call his own? George Lucas may have "retired" from Lucasfilm, the company he founded and led for decades as he directed and produced the 'Star Wars' franchise, but he's still keeping busy with a new museum that's set to open in a few years in Chicago, along with other non-'Star Wars' Lucasfilm projects, including 'Strange Magic.' Lucas wrote the story for the upcoming animated musical, which Disney's Touchstone Pictures will release on January 23, 2015. Here, via the official press release, is the plot synopsis:
'Strange Magic' 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, which created the CGI animation for 2011's Academy Award-winning film 'Rango,' bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.
The (Broadway-inclined) cast of 'Strange Magic' includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, and Peter Stormare; the director is Gary Rydstrom, a Pixar vet who also directed the company's great short film 'Lifted.'
This will be Lucas' first significant film project since 'Red Tails,' the World War II drama he produced in 2012, and while Lucasfilm has certainly done their share of cartoons (most 'Star Wars' related), 'Strange Magic' also marks Lucas' first major creative contribution to an animated movie. Goblins and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (and old ELO songs?) don't exactly thrill me, but maybe if one of the characters looks and sings like Jar Jar Binks? That could definitely be something.