The trailer has arrived for Disney+ film Magic Camp – just days ahead of its release on the streaming service.
Directed by Mean Girls and Freaky Friday helmer Mark Waters, the film follows a down-on-his-luck magician (Adam Devine) who take a job as a counselor of a magic camp, which he himself once attended with legendary status. Apart from the difficulties of teaching wannabe young magicians, it turns out his former partner and now arch rival (Gillian Jacobs) is also a camp counselor.
This one was in the works back in 2016 and, following a lot of script work, began filming in 2017. Disney delayed its theatrical release a few times before deciding to place it on Disney+, which doesn’t exactly provide much confidence in the film. And then there’s the trailer, arriving so close to the release. Guess we’ll see. And as for the trailer… perhaps the movie will provide kiddies with a laugh or two?
Magic Camp, also starring Aldis Hodge, Josie Totah, Rochelle Aytes, Rosalind Chao, Michael Hitchcock, Rebecca Metz and Jeffrey Tambor (assuming he’s still in the final cut?), hits Disney+ on August 14th.
Official synopsis for Magic Camp:
A group of misfit campers help a down-on-his-luck magician rediscover his love of magic in Disney’s “Magic Camp,” a heartwarming comedy about finding joy and confidence in self-acceptance. As a boy attending the Institute of Magic, a secluded mountain retreat which plays host to a bevy of aspiring young magicians each summer, Andy Duckerman (Adam Devine) was a camp legend. Now, at 35, he’s struggling to make ends meet as a professional illusionist and is frustrated and depressed by the direction his career has taken. But when the Institute invites Andy to return as a counselor, he finds himself in charge of the greenest and most awkward wannabe magicians, and having to deal with his former partner and current arch rival, Kristina Darkwood (Gillian Jacobs), who’s also a counselor. As Andy slowly gains the respect of his team of ragtag artists, they in turn inspire him to nurture each of their unique talents while preparing them to compete with the camp’s more experienced magicians in the Institute’s annual Top Hat magic contest.