You might not know Gary Rydstrom when you first hear his name, but check out his IMDB page and you can tell he’s been around for awhile. You may know him as the Sound designer on Lone Ranger and Wreck It Ralph, but he’s credited on over 90 films for his work in sound. He also directed the Toy Story Short Hawaiian Vacation and now he’s back in the director’s chair for Strange Magic. He re are a few fun facts about Strange Magic and Gary:
Gary has won seven Academy Awards for sound design and editing. He says, “And if I win three more, I can open a bowling alley!”
“So I thought of it as karmic revenge from the universe that I get to direct a feature film here and it’s a musical”
The film is inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (a romantic comedy involving misunderstandings and cross-purposes between different races) and Labyrinth (1986) (a quest undertaken by a female protagonist to save a sibling).
Part of directing the actors for animation is taking on that role and working with them. That’s why it’s fun. It’s fun to help draw that out from the actors and be surprised by what they brought to it, and they all brought their own personalities to the characters once we cast them, they all brought something of themselves to it. Simple things like Alan Cumming is Scottish, and the Bog King has about a twenty percent Scottish accent.
Kristin Chenoweth’s high notes (The Sugar Plum Fairy) were so off the charts that he thought that his glasses might break!
Speaking of music, Gary also said, “The moment that makes me cry, with Elijah here, the song that makes me cry every time, is when Elijah sings Three Little Birds to Dawn at the end.”
“So being different is not only okay, it’s what’s required. And, and learning what’s different about each other is what’s required for falling in love. And I sound like Dr. Phil …”
STRANGE MAGIC IS IN THEATERS NOW!!!
“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., 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 bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.
***Disclosure: I attended #StrangeMagicEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***