The new movie, Strange Magic, from Star Wars creator George Lucas is full of music, magic, and some very strange creatures. The movie takes place in a magical world of fairies, goblins, elves and imps. Some of the characters live in the beautiful kingdom, and others live in the dark forest. But when a love spell cast by the Sugar Plum Fairy goes wrong, the creatures from the different worlds start to fall in love with each other. This leads to a lot of mix-ups and misadventures—and a lot of songs!
The movie is full of music, and all the songs were carefully chosen by George Lucas himself to fit with the story. In fact, Strange Magic director Gary Rydstrom said: “The music is telling the story. It’s like going to a movie that’s also a concert.” The songs are all some of Lucas’s favorites, and include newer ones like “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce and “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson along with older classics. Lucas even thought for a little while about having no regular dialogue at all, and having the characters sing all the lines just using the songs. In the end, though, he decided that would make it too hard to tell the story he wanted to tell.
George Lucas has three daughters, and he has been working on Strange Magic for fifteen years. He says he wanted to make a film especially for girls, and from the beginning he wanted it to be a fairy tale about love. But not just fantasy love, where the prince always gets the girl. Lucas wanted to show that everyone deserves to be loved, “no matter what they are, or what they look like.” To Lucas, the film is like a love letter to his daughters, and it’s a lesson about seeing past what someone looks like on the outside, and instead loving what they are on this inside.