A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world -- and ours.
Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he's forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law.
Young Mary Katherine (M.K.) returns to her eccentric scientist father's home, but his all-consuming quest to discover a tiny civilization in the neighboring forest drives them apart. However, M.K. soon finds herself shrunken down by Queen Tara of that forest who was mortally wounded by the putrefying Boggans, and charged to deliver a pod bearing the new Queen to safety. Together with a veteran Leafman warrior, two goofy mollusks and a young maverick, M.K. agrees to help. As the villainous Boggan leader, Mandrake closes in, M.K. and her new friends must draw on the best of themselves together and discover what they have to save their world. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The piece of paper that is seen just before the scrolling part of the closing credits has the date, 5-24-13 written on it, which was also Epic's release date. See more »
When Dr. Bomba faints, there are bug jar glass shards all over the map. When he wakes up, and later when he starts throwing all his gear into boxes, and pulls at the map, there are no glass shards visible. See more »
Visually Stunning, Competent, but Not Completely Superior Film
Ferngully: The Last Rain Forest (1992) more than twenty years ago had a similar storyline as Epic with a young man who grew small instead of Epic's female teenager. However, times have changed and Ferngully reflects the traditional two-dimensional animation along with the older animated musical style found the live action comedy horror movies The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) or the animated feature film An American Tail (1986). But in a significant change, Epic focuses on the battle between the good and bad of nature, while Ferngully included a more prominent role of humans in the destruction of nature as well and whereas the young man in Ferngully remained much more obscure as a character, Epic's female protagonist had an extended back story the was as much about her relationship with her father as it was about her coming of age as to nature. And of course, the 3-D computer animation of Epic was clearly much more detailed and fantastical in the style of Avatar (2009) and live action Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989) or even the 2-D surrealistic fantasy live action What Dreams May Come (1998) than Epic's more roughly animated features. The subject matter of death was also much more prominent and emotively displayed in Epic than Ferngully.
It's hard to deny that the 3-Dimensional flourishes of Epic are wonderful match to the animate fantasy nature of the movie and as a fantasy there is a wide latitude for forgiveness of any seemingly imperfection as opposed to live action. The 3-D format is perfect in its depiction and captures an intimate and finely detailed animated version of the wonderful forest environment offering the movie a fantastical visual delight more than most 3-D movies. The more distanced element of the antagonist being more of a fantasy creature than any reference to a human source somehow diminishes the close connection and personally uncomfortably or embarrassing emotive feeling that arises more in Ferngully. Even the live action teen movie Fly Away Home (1996) that incorporated the disengaged father-daughter element or the mystery conspiracy thriller The Pelican Brief (1993) had a more direct resonating environmental message than Epic that called in questions humanity's or our role in the destruction of the environment. Perhaps in comparison, WALL*E (2008) has among the best animated message movie regarding the role of humans and the destruction of the planet in an almost epic format that even more ironically has an machine not a human as its primary character, only highlighting the very oblivious nature of the human species or the adult version of the environmental/cultural genocide theme of Dances with Wolves (1990). Other strong live action movie equivalents might be The Secret of Roan Inish (1995), Finding Nemo (2003), or Whale Rider (2002).
While the storyline is nothing original, the richness of the animation really enhances the storyline and together create an entertaining and rich movie going experience but that doesn't quit reach the intensity and depth of some of the other excellent relational or environmentally sensitive movies released so far.
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