Through dangers untold. And hardships unnumbered. I have fought my way here to the castle; beyond the goblin city, to take back the child that you have stolen. My will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom as great…
True life: I’m addicted to Evermore (a song written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice for the musical fantasy film Beauty and the Beast (2017), a live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated musical film of the same name, originally recorded for the film by English actor Dan Stevens, who performs the song in his starring role as the titular Beast)
According to Wikipedia, “Strange Magic is a 2015 American computer-animated musical fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Gary Rydstrom, produced by Lucasfilm, with feature animation by Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light & Magic. The film’s screenplay was written by Rydstrom, David Berenbaum, and Irene Mecchi, from a story by George Lucas inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.“
I just saw this clip, and then watched the entire movie, assuring myself that despite having nothing thematically to do with my animation, it was still research.
Despite low critical reception, I think it had a very strong story- subverted a few tropes, played to other tropes really well, and had fantastic use of lighting and shadow (though the character’s faces looked… really off sometimes, though that’s down to appeal/stylistic preference, i suppose)
The characters body language in this scene, is really fantastic. Lots of back and forth (and really good swordplay)- shows an understanding of what makes a character look alive; both Marianne and the Bog King have to wind up for their attacks- which mostly seem to have great weight and physicality behind them.
Also as a side note- the way in which the wings snap from rigid to soft and flowing will never cease to fascinate.