Goblins, Trolls and Fairies; Oh My! Last weekend I took the kids to see Strange Magic, out in theaters nationwide. Before I attended the movie, I was told that it was the Moulin Rouge of the animated world. This would be expected since the music producer of the film is Mr. Moulin Rouge himself, Marius de Vries. Let me tell you, I knew the music was going to be good in this film but I did not realize it was going to be as good as it was! It took songs made famous by many popular artist (Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson) and weaved it into tunes that fit perfectly in this animated feature. I was clapping and singing along the entire time!
The film is loosely based on A Midsummer Nights Dream, which has love potions being used inappropriately. It revolves around two fairy sisters, Marianne and Dawn, who are also daughters to the King of the Fairy Kingdom. Marianne was due to marry a self-absorbed, looker named Roland, who’s real interest was to just acquire an Army for himself. Not surprisingly, Roland breaks Marianne’s heart the day of the wedding, which leads to her views on love to drastically change. Meanwhile Bog King, who rules the Dark Forest and also has a thing against love, has made it his mission to rid the world of primroses. Why primroses you ask? Well, they are the main ingredient in the Plum Fairy’s love potion.
After Roland has many unsuccessful attempts of winning back Marianne, he plots with Sunny (who is in love with Dawn) to venture into the Dark Forest for the love potion. When Bog hears of the plot and realizes that a love potion was made, he then ventures out of the Dark Forest and kidnaps Dawn and will not release her until the potion is returned by moon sets.
Will they rescue Dawn? Will Marianne and Bog continue in this quest against love? Will Roland get his Army? You will have to watch the movie to find out. And let me tell you, it is worth the watch! The animation, the music and the plot will have to captivated the entire time. It was such a fun movie and the soundtrack is definitely going to be a chart topper.