What does George Lucas do once he’s stepped back from the Star Wars franchise and left the new trilogy in other capable hands? Why, quietly work on an animated fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today that Strange Magic will come to theaters January 23, 2015.
Here’s the summary, via press release:
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.
Lucas came up with the story; director Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Halloween Vacation, Lifted) co-wrote the screenplay with David Berenbaum (Elf) and Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King).
Strange Magic boasts a pretty strong cast of singers and other personalities, including Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Evan Rachel Wood, and Alfred Molina. The film will be Industrial Light & Magic’s second fully-animated feature film, after 2011’s Rango.