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Strange Magic Gets Box Office Curse

Written by Karlamon :


Earlier this week, George Lucas’ animated fantasy Strange Magic flew into theatres across North America, and ended up with a box office record. However, that record isn’t as glamorous as some people would expect.

"Nobody came to our party?"

The computer animated comedy musical, which was distributed by Disney under the Touchstone Pictures banner, earned a dismal $5.5 million on its opening weekend at the box office. This officially makes Strange Magic the worst ever opening for an animated feature playing in over 3,000 theatres, beating previous record holders like The Wild Thornberrys Movie, and Quest for Camelot. The film’s budget is currently unknown, but the results do indicate that Disney will lose a large chunk of money from it.

Along with the poor box office results, critics have outright panned the film for its messy storytelling and lack of originality. Variety described the film as “a thoroughly derivative and unengaging fantasy” while TheWrap said that “Strange Magic [is] perhaps the worst animated feature ever to come out of Disney” and that “it’ll make you nostalgic for Jar Jar Binks.” Animation critic AniMat considered it to be “horrible” with “one of the most terribly-written stories in an animated feature”.

Strange Magic was animated as a collaboration between Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic. The story came from George Lucas with multi-Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom being the director of the film.

News source: Cartoon Brew

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February 07, 2015
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I herd about this movie I was planning on asking my mom if we could go see it but when I read some of the reviews for it I changed my mind

February 04, 2015
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You know I had a feeling this was going to happen. It just seems like an odd step for the guy who made Star Wars to go. I don't know but when I saw George Lucas' name posted to this I thought people would've went crazy. So....who want's to watch Howard the duck?:icon29:

January 26, 2015
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I didn't know anything about that movie until now.

January 26, 2015
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It's a shame, since this movie looks pretty decent design looking wise. But that can't carry a film. I may watch it when it comes to tv so I can watch free, but I guess I'll be avoiding it in theaters unless I'm that bored lol,

January 26, 2015
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AS leader
This is the first time I hear about that one... Maybe this explains that.

January 26, 2015
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I could tell what sort of movie this one was from the previews. Very disappointing... Like the older cgis that focused more on slapstick humor than a good plot.

January 26, 2015
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Path of the Demon
Disney has really gone down the drain when it comes to producing decent movies anymore. The last good movie they came out with, in my opinion, was Bolt.

I haven't seen this movie, and I don't plan to. The image bellow is enough for me to say nope! [...] trange-Magic-poster-banner.jpg

January 26, 2015
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O' Cap'n My Cap'n!
I cannot even imagine anything SO horrible that it would actually make me "nostalgic for Jar Jar Binks". Eesh. This thing must be utterly horrendous. Pass. (I probably would have passed on it regardless of the reviews and this news item. Just like Frozen, this movie holds absolutely zero interest for me.)

January 26, 2015
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January 26, 2015
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Looks like the Force was NOT on George's side. Oh, that's right, it hadn't even awakened!

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