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Family Movie Review: Strange Magic (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG         Length: 99 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 8+. The film is kind of an adaptation of the Shakespeare play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with characters falling in and out of love for each other with help from magical potions. There is also some violence, like sword-fighting; some creepy and weird-looking creatures, similar to trolls or ogres; some bullying and a major plot point involving kidnapping; some kissing; and lots of singing of various pop songs about love.

‘Strange Magic’ may be one of the most uninspired films Disney has released in a long time. The animation film mashes together Shakespeare and pop music, but its execution is overwhelmingly uneven.

By Roxana Hadadi

Disney seems to be doing its hardest to distance itself from its latest animated release, “Strange Magic,” which it acquired when the company bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion back in 2012. “Strange Magic” is a passion project of George Lucas’s, but I haven’t noticed Disney itself mentioned during the film’s commercials, on its posters, or in other promotional materials. And why would Disney want to? In comparison with recent releases like the much-adored “Big Hero 6” or the impossible-to-avoid juggernaut “Frozen,” “Strange Magic” is thoroughly uninspired—and even judged on its own, it’s pretty bad, too.

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