Not for everyone but definitely worth a watch (by donotquestionme)
I absolutely love this film, but I'll admit it may not be everyone's cup of tea. Pretty much non-stop singing through the first half and some odd song placement can be a bit jarring to some people. Overall though, it's a very cute and BEAUTIFULLY animated film with some great humor, on point voice acting, and top notch singing. Off beat in the best of ways with very memorable characters that really make the movie. I LOOOOVE Bog King and Marianne and their interactions with each other. Just weird enough to be a cult classic, in my opinion. Definitely worth a shot, if you have an <more>
hour and a half to spare some day. You may just love it!
I saw this movie with my daughters and my husband. We watch movies every week as family outings. My whole family loved this movie. My daughters ages 6, 7 and 8 also love all musicals so that probably helped. My husband laughed throughout and my kids thought a lot of the scenes were very funny. There were some scary parts that I probably would shut my kid's eyes for if they were 5 and younger. My kids were singing all the tunes in the car on the way home and begged to watch the movie again the next day as we went to the movies again. It's a little bit of a love story with a twist that <more>
The best movie of the year so far! (by garrvanorden-378-358098)
The best movie of the year so far is Strange Magic! It's like a mix of A Mid-summer Night's Dream, Moulin Rouge, Willow, Frozen, and Beauty and the Beast. It has a great story and fantastic characters. It's funny and has fabulous music. It has beautiful animation, terrific female characters, and features some really nice voice acting. What's not to love! Why don't you guys actually watch it and say what you honestly think...and why don't you go to the movie planning to like it, and try to have a good time like most movie goers would and unlike the critics who clearly <more>
decided to hate it before they saw it? I bought the soundtrack. It's so good! There's not really anything wrong with this movie. I guess I would've liked to have had some more dynamic flying scenes with the fairies. Speaking of fairies, some people decided to hate this movie before it came out because they figured it's only a movie for little girls with no taste. And others decided to hate this movie because of their hate of George Lucas which is idiotic because he has a great track record. I can only think of 3 movies that he's been involved with that I didn't like. He's one of the great storytellers of our time. This is Star Wars for little girls and the whole family.
First, comment on one star ratings. I can see where children under the age of six 6 or so might not be as captivated as they would be for PBS style kids' programming: expecting simple graphics and age readability appropriate dialogue such as few syllables; short sentences; concrete familiar references; simple, not abstract concepts. Add to this mix some scary visuals. Also, some of the songs are teen and above. So Second, for all ages except above mentioned the blend of straight dialogue with pop music some oldies; some newer dialogue to move the story forward was artfully <more>
blended. Admittedly I didn't quite get it in the beginning, but I was able to overcome some of my dumbness and learned to appreciate it. The singing vocal quality from the voice actors was surprisingly good. Third, computer hardware and graphics' programs continue to evolve and are producing scaringly realistic animations: surfaces, modeling, mattes, compositing naturalistic movement. Kudos to all involved. Fourth, the film's messages of seeing in a new way; looking under the surface; love - all make the film worth watching just for that reason.
After reading a few reviews I was not expecting to think much of this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved it. This movie is rated PG and it knows its audience: families. It manages to do something many movies fail at: it relies on entertainment instead of gratuitous violence. First of all, the look of the film, the creativity and range of the character design, and the animation, all very well executed. Because the movie is packed with innovative arrangements and I must say some wonderful performances of popular songs old and new, the story must remain simple, but it is not only <more>
solid, it incorporates some very funny as well as some sparkling and simultaneously touching moments. This is a musical. Think Sondheim meets animation. Live theater goers will rejoice! For this I would say it is innovative and very different, and perhaps brave, because it attempts to break new ground. I found at the beginning I felt there was too much singing, darn it! But I realized that in itself became part of the story, integral to the Fairy world, and much light is made if it later. I too, wished the uglier characters were more beautiful, but I realize that -- this also, is the point of the story! It's definitely a journey you do not expect to take. This movie is bold, beautiful, and goes where no man has gone recently. It talks about loving others, no matter their creed, color or... well, species, and some may find that scary. It is positive, uplifting, creative, moving, innovative, and refreshing. Bring a hankie if you cry at love stories. History will smile on this movie for taking a chance that there is an audience out there who still feels. Don't listen to the crankster critics. In this movie, life is beautiful, and everything it should be.
Not a stereo-type "Frog Prince" like story (by lance-84031)
Good visual graphics. Interesting choice of characters. So much non-stop singing. Maybe, it would have made a difference if all the songs were original. The message is not to insult physically "good-looking" people. It only reminds us and re-affirms that "beauty" and "love" is not skin deep. It is not something superficial. It is not something you see only with just your two eyes. It may not suit the majority's approval because it is not-so-stereo-typical kind of fantasy story like the "beauty and the beast" and "princess kissing a frog <more>
prince". Definitely for the kids with pure heart. Not recommended for highly superficial-minded adults.
This film is really quite good and will probably develop a bit of a cult status among animated films. It's one of those unfortunate films that was declared dead before it was even given a chance to shine in theaters and as a result was poorly marketed and thrust into a unknowing world. Really I think the film would have done better released Valentine's Day weekend since the films main theme is love, a fact I'm certain you would not have guessed from viewing the poorly edited trailers. This film is also a musical, another thing the trailers failed to mention, and does a pretty <more>
decent job on the soundtrack. However if you're going into this film without knowing the prior too facts you are probably going to be a bit jarred by how it just leaps into them. The characters even the sidekicks are all pretty likable, and no one is particularly annoying save for maybe one character who doesn't get a lot of screen time. There are plenty of good jokes and a little a cheesiness the good kind . Is everyone going to like it? No, it's definitely not going to sit well with people who hate musicals and a little sappiness, but overall it's a pretty likable movie that isn't anywhere near deserving the amount of hate that it is getting. If you have a chance to see it I recommend giving it a shot.
The Trailer doesn't represent the Movie except for the Characters Looks (by steve-ziker)
I was NOT expecting this to be a Musical you barely get to be familiar with the characters and setting animation when its one song after another and I was about halfway through the movie and mentally writing a scathing review for IMDb, when the Storyline grabbed me in and swept me through until the predictable end. Remember this is an Adaptation of Shakespeare"s "A MidSummer Night's Dream". All about Misunderstandings and Cross Purposes between different Races. I disagree with the IMDb Trivia Note about it also crossing the Shakespeare with Labyrinth. The Female <more>
Protagonist did not have "help" from the Antagonist's Minion. I might cross the storyline with a bit of "Love Potion #9" as the hilarious accidental Love Matches are very similar. Full of 60s, 70s, 80s and more recent Songs, the film sometimes gets Schmaltzy, but with a twist that redeems the picture. Definitely a DATE Movie when you don't want to watch one of those Girly Romance Movies. The ILM Animation is fantastic, bordering on the detail everyone loved in "Avatar", especially in close up. I don't know if the same Facial Motion Capture was used, but the main characters have very lifelike expressions and emotions.
Disney's crusade to popularize inter-racial & same-sex love . . . (by oscaralbert)
. . . probably began with STEAMBOAT WILLIE and certainly was going great guns by the time "It's a small world, after all" became the theme song and catch phrase of 1964's New York World's Fair. If any American institution deserves primary credit for "gay marriage" now being legal in about 45 states, it's NOT the U.S. judiciary, but the House of Mouse. STRANGE MAGIC serves as a sort of capstone for the "Wonderful World of Color's" goal of transforming 70,000 years of human social norms into an experimental Lego game in which every piece can be <more>
joined to every other piece, and one size fits all. Inter-species romance is the order of the day in STRANGE MAGIC's universe, as heroine and villain pair off. It's as if SLEEPING BEAUTY bedded the dragon, or Adolph Hitler got it on with Anne Frank. This sort of "Ick" or "Yuk" factor is shown as the animated folks' INITIAL reaction throughout STRANGE MAGIC, but they are shamed into accepting "anything goes" every time under the weight of Political Correctness. With a few original songs, this could have gotten a "9" or even a "10" rating!