When my children were little they were introduced to Nanny’s good friend Lovely L. Lovely L has both mental and physical disabilities. She is blind, uses a cane, reads braille and loves to randomly burst out into song. When she goes out in public, there are people who stare, shy away from her and perceive her as odd. My children think of her as family. They love her song and enthusiasm. They accept that she can’t see and are eager to help her navigate around our house. They thinks its cool that she has super powers and can read with her fingers and her eyes close. But most of all, they look at Lovely L as a real person. They don’t judge her inabilities, but adapt to her needs. They enjoy her personality, rather then laugh at her quirkiness. They love her for who she is, not how she appears. Have you ever met a person for the first time and judged them based on their appearance? Whether is a beautiful person that we think is brainless or unattractive person who we think is evil, we are all guilty about judging someone before we really know them.
Strange Magic, an animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., was released on DVD and Digital May 19, 2015. Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film, Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down, thanks to world-class animation and visual effects.
I had never heard of this movie before I was asked to review it. I loved the idea that it was based on a Shakespeare play and knew my kids would go crazy for the fairy-themed adventure. As the movie started, I began to wonder if it was going to be another dry, cliche animated movie. From the first note being sung to last chord drawn out, my kids were absorbed in the movie. I loved the way they portrayed many iconic love songs from the past few decades to add feeling and depth to the story. The kids loved that the songs were easy to pick up and quick to learn. The movie wasn’t too scary for my DD3 to watch and the older boys loved the battle scenes. Mommy loved that the movie centered on the idea that love should be based on more than looks, and true love can not be forced. Overall it was a unique and beautiful animated movie that focuses on strong female role models.