"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.Written by
According to director Gary Rydstrom, the film is inspired by William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (a romantic comedy involving misunderstandings and cross-purposes between different races), the fairytales "The Ugly Duckling" and "Beauty and the Beast", and the films American Graffiti (1973) (an anthology of stories) and Labyrinth (1986) (a quest undertaken by a female protagonist to save a sibling). See more »
The moon appears accurate at 49:00 and 54:00, but is flipped horizontally while it is setting at 1:06:30. See more »
My determination of whether or not an animated movie made for children is a good movie is based on how much my children enjoy it. I'm not looking for a complicated, layered plot or cutting edge animation, or anything else that adults use to judge a movie. My 12 and 9 year old daughters liked it and my 8 year old son liked it a lot. They enjoyed the recognizable songs weaved into the plot. Today, with the internet, everybody wants to sound like an intelligent movie critic, or food critic, or travel critic... but to me the measure of quality of a product is simple: did the intended audience get value out of it (for entertainment, enjoyment vs cost)? In this case, definitely.
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