Meet Strange Magic’s Characters – Dawn and Sunny

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Walt Disney Studios invited your favorite Chip and Co, Entertainment Writer to meet Dawn and Sunny from Strange Magic, the new Lucasfilms and Disney movie in theatres, January 23,2015.

Along with a group of fellow writers, we had the opportunity to meet and greet, Meredith Anne Bull (Dawn) and Elijah Kelley (Sunny), my two favorite characters in the movie.

Meredith was asked what it was like to have the older sister watching over her in the movie?  Meredith shared that she had an older sister who was 8 years older and she could relate to that part.

One of the funnier responses was from Elijah who when asked why he took the part, responded with “money”  “filling up my little piggy bank”  then went onto share that he liked the opportunity to do something that he could take his family without having them cover their eyes and ears for some of the scenes.

Asked if there might be a sequel, Elijah nominated one of the youngsters as the president of the sequel club and asked him to start a campaign for a sequel.   Regarding some of the more adult parts of the movie (jokes and adult banter). Elijah commented that kids now a days are a lot smarter than we think they are and asked what the young man saw in the movie?  Laughter was the only answer Elijah received from the group.

Meredith and Elijah both commented about the works of George Lucas and how big an impact  it was to be in one of his films.  Elijah shared he had previously worked with George in “Red Tails” and said he did have to try out many times for the part only to find out a few weeks ago that George wrote the part just for Elijah.

Elijah and Meredith both said it was a honor to work with George Lucas.  Meredith talked about how excited she was to tell her brother who was a big fan and how much respect they all have for Mr. Lucas.

One of the youngsters (also named Elijah) asked if they were in another animated movies, who would they want to work with (other actors?)   Elijah Kelley came up with Bill Hader and Antonio Banderas as potential costars and then brought up Chris Pratt and Shaq and went on to say young man would go ahead and write and direct that movie.

My favorite question was to Elijah. “How does it feel to be the man behind the voice that empowers kids to not let people bully them if they are small?  Elijah’s answer was perfect  “fear is something that everybody has it’s when you succumb to fear that it becomes a problem”  “the fact that Sunny is so small in stature and never succumbs to fear even though he’s scared out of his mind in every single moment that he’s in but he decides to get it done and I think that’s what kids should take away from him. He doesn’t let anything stop him from his goals.”

Elijah Kelley and Meredith Ann Bull were a true pleasure to meet.  The energy that radiates from Elijah was just magical.  Meredith  who is a beautiful and talented young lady and with a calmer disposition, made for a perfect balance of personalities.

Strange Magic based on A Mid Summer Night’s Dream brings us new characters to fall in love with.  Sunny is in love with Dawn and sets out on a mission to get some love potion to make Dawn fall in love with him.  Of course, things don’t go as planned and chaos and scary adventure through a dark forest are what Sunny has to look forward to. Dawn is cute, and bubbly and along with all the characters in Strange Magic and the various love stories, make Strange Magic a hit.  Add one of the best soundtracks since Guardians of the Galaxy and Strange Magic moves up to the top of my list of favorite movies.  In theatres starting January 23, 2015.

Loretta Garcia, Entertainment Writer for Chip and Co bringing you the latest Disney (and Lucasfilms) movie news.







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