Strange Magic is not the Frozen sequel – it’s a new George Lucas film

It turns out it's an animated twist on Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Star Wars creator George Lucas has a film coming out in a couple of months and nobody knew about it.

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Ok, that’s an exaggeration. It was known that he was working on an animated movie a while back, but little had been heard for some time and most assumed it was still light years away.

In fact, the film – Strange Magic – is already completed and set for a January release. Lucas contributed the film’s story and serves as executive producer, with former Pixar employee Gary Rydstrom taking the director’s reins.

Based on Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Strange Magic tells the tale of a group of goblins, fairies and other mystical creatures battling for possession of a powerful potion, and will be soundtracked to popular songs from the last 60 years. The first image from the film can be seen above.

Unfortunately, the film will already be a disappointment to some: when Disney registered the domain name for a Strange Magic website, there was internet speculation that Strange Magic was a placeholder title for a secret sequel to animated blockbuster Frozen (perhaps because of this line in the original):

A bit of a letdown for hardcore Frozen fans – but I’m sure they’ll let it go.

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Strange Magic is due to be released in January 2015