Strange Magic had been percolating in George Lucas’s mind since his days working on the Star Wars prequels. Yet when the filmmaker sold his production company to Disney in October of 2012, Lucas also handed over the reins—all of them—on his animated passion project.
“At the point I came on, George was retiring, selling the company, doing all that big stuff, so he had to pull away from it and leave it in our hands,” says Gary Rydstrom, the seven-time Oscar-winning sound designer whom Lucas picked to direct the film in his stead at the tail end of 2012. “He had the story and characters in place, so our job was to make a reality of a film that did what he said he wanted it to do. But his input was imperative—so that’s why it was so important early on to get as much input downloaded from him as possible.” READ FULL STORY