Back at the end of December, I shared a quick overview of Walt Disney Studios feature films coming out in 2015. The first new film of the year, Strange Magic, hit has opened in theaters and I get to share some great family friendly activities to go with the movie as well as some fun facts. I hope you enjoy!
About Strange Magic Synopsis and Fun Facts
“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.
Fun Facts about Strange Magic
NAME THAT TUNE – “Strange Magic” weaves together new versions of favorite songs from the last six decades—including songs made famous by artists ranging from Mickey & Sylvia and Elvis Presley to Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.
HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT – Filmmakers needed to concoct a magical love potion for the film, so when they discovered that primroses grow where shadow meets the light (part light/part shade)—they knew they had their chief ingredient for Sugar Plum Fairy’s love potion. In the movie, primroses aptly grow on the border of the Fairy Kingdom and the Dark Forest. In an effort to do away with love forever, the ruler of the Dark Forest, Bog King, orders every primrose destroyed.
FRIGHTENING FERNS – Filmmakers found fun foliage to help illustrate the spookiness of the Dark Forest. Fiddlehead ferns, which feature furled fronds, were very effective tools in the film: one unfurls as Marianne makes her way through the forest.
JUST DREAMY – “Strange Magic” is inspired by Shakespeare’s comedy play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and includes a controversial love potion, the theme of love and the spirit of feminism, as well as an infusion of comedy. But the characters in “Strange Magic” are wholly unique—with striking looks and compelling personalities.
SISTER, SISTER – Just like her character Marianne, actress Evan Rachel Wood has a little sister and says she can relate to Marianne’s desire to look out for Dawn. Likewise, Meredith Anne Bull, who provides the voice of Dawn, has an older sister.
PLAYING FAVORITES – Elijah Kelley, who provides the voice of Sunny, says his favorite character in “Strange Magic” is Bog King, who’s voiced by Alan Cumming.
THAT’S NUTS – Roland, a knight in shining armor (at least in his head) makes his way through the forest atop his loyal steed Chipper. But Chipper’s not a horse—he’s a squirrel.
Strange Magic Video Clips
Strange Magic – Trailer
Strange Magic – “Making of Strange Magic” Featurette
Strange Magic Family Friendly Activities
You’ll find some serious variety here between crafting, food, and puzzles. Just click on the images to download the pdf files and enjoy!
Strange Magic on Social Media
Like STRANGE MAGIC on Facebook: http://facebook.com/StrangeMagicMovie
Follow STRANGE MAGIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StrangeMagic
Follow STRANGE MAGIC on Instagram: http://instagram.com/StrangeMagicMovie
Follow STRANGE MAGIC on Vine: @StrangeMagic
Is your family looking forward to seeing Strange Magic?
Which of these activities would the kids like the most?
Disclaimer ~ I was provided with the above information from Disney. No compensation occurred and any opinions expressed are my own.