Parents' Guide to

Light & Magic

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Mesmerizing deep dive into history, innovations at ILM.

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Young children may lose patience with the incredible amount of detail in this epic new docuseries, but older kids, adults, and Star Wars fans of all ages will be entranced. Brought to us by Lawrence Kasdan (writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark) through extensive interviews with George Lucas and the rest of the people responsible for everything that movie special effects are today, Light & Magic looks at the history and innovation of the industry in a way no one else could. Interviews with the biggest directors of the past 60 years, classic footage of the early bonding days of Lucas, Coppola, and Spielberg, and mind-blowing stories on how some of film's most iconic sets and effects came to be are all a part of this treasure trove of film history. Packed with stories of boot-strapping creativity spanning from Star Wars' earliest days to the arrival of Jurassic Park and its revolutionary CGI, the series is a love story to innovation, perseverance, and teamwork that the whole family will love. The only thing it's missing is a thoughtful look at what it took for women and people of color to break in to positions of power in a decidedly White and male industry.

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