Elijah Kelley Shines in Strange Magic – #StrangeMagicEvent #StrangeMagic

As part of the Strange Magic press event at Skywalker Ranch I had the opportunity to attend a Q&A session with Elijah Kelley.  He voices the high energy elf named Sunny who goes on a mission in the name of love.

Elijah Kelley and Sunny from Strange Magic

Skywalker Sound

The interview took place inside Skywalker Sound located at Skywalker Ranch in Northern California. Skywalker Ranch is the private property of George Lucas and is a full service post production facility.

Skywalker Sound Entertainment Area

Skywalker Sound Entertainment Area

Skywalker Sound Entertainment Area - eating area

After arriving at Skywalker Sound our group was given a high energy greeting by Elijah Kelley.  He gave everyone in our group a hug and took a selfie with each of us.

Ejlijah Kelley greets bloggers

Elijah Kelley Selfie with Dawn Cullo

Elijah Kelley Selfie with Dawn Cullo

A funny little thing happened to me while I was waiting in line for my Elijah Kelley selfie.  I was waiting patiently in line and in walked George Lucas.  He walked right up to Elijah and they started talking, it was so cool to be standing right there while they chatted.  They were chatting about what they were wearing, no joke! It was nice to see how down to earth Mr. Lucas is.

George Lucas at Skywalker Sound

George Lucas at Skywalker Sound

Elijah Kelley Has Big Dreams

Our group screened the move in the Stag Theater inside Skywalker Sound. After we screened the movie we were treated to a live performance by Elijah and then an interview with him.

Elijah shared with us that had never done voice-over work before and initially thought it would be easy.  But he was wrong. His character, Sunny, is a very high energy character and when Elijah was done with a voice-over session he was exhausted. He improvised a lot in the role but felt it was necessary to bring the character of Sunny to life.

He said that the one thing he and Sunny have in common is that Sunny doesn’t quit and neither does he until a task is finished.

Sunny from Strange Magic

He explained the difference between doing a voice-over in a movie and working on a film is that for voice-over work you can show up for looking casual and relaxed but with film you need to have a nice looking appearance.

Elijah said the message of Strange Love is that love is a powerful source of change and it is important to fight for what you love.

Dawn and Sunny Strange Magic

Dawn and Sunny

Five years ago Elijah heard that Mr. Lucas was working on Strange Magic and he wanted to be involved. He was sent on an audition and went through the normal process until he finally made the cut.

Elijah Kelley feels inspired by George Lucas and when he is around Mr. Lucas Elijah’s passion for art is ignited. He is inspired that it only takes one idea or one thought to change your universe.

Elijah Kelley and George Lucas

Elijah is a Quadruple Threat

He can act, sing, dance and is an all around good guy.  His musical background started in church, his family was involved in ministry and they traveled from church to church to perform.

Elijah Kelley Interview - Credit to Jana

He still loves performing today and during the interview he gave our group a private performance. Currently he is producing an album and writing songs with Farrow as well as producing his own album.

Elijah Kelley Performance

Elijah is from LaGrange, GA and has established the Elijah Kelley foundation.  His philanthropy work has helped fulfill the dreams of underprivileged youth in the field of arts and entertainment

His foundation has given out four scholarships over the last five years for students in low-income housing to art schools such as Savannah Collage of Art and Design and Gordon College in Georgia.  He shared that his foundations is currently trying to break ground on a performing arts school in near his hometown.

When Strange Magic opens on January 23rd Elijah is going to invite K-12th grade students in his hometown for two weekends to see the movie with him.

About Strange Magic

Strange Magic is a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd. and is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Strange Magic Fairies - #StrangeMagic
STRANGE MAGIC

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.

There is something for everyone in Strange Magic opening on January 23rd!  Follow Strange Magic on Twitter and Facebook.

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But wait…there’s more.

Disney invited me to San Francisco to attend a media event for Strange Magic. All expenses have been paid by Disney, but all opinions are always 100% my own.

About Dawn

Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.

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