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Epic (2013)

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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Blake Anderson ... Dagda (voice)
Aziz Ansari ... Mub (voice)
Allison Bills ... Dandelion Jinn (voice)
Jim Conroy ... Race Announcer / Additional Voices (voice)
Todd Cummings Todd Cummings ... Fruit Fly (Old) (voice)
John DiMaggio ... Pinecone Jinn (voice)
Troy Evans ... Thistle Jinn (voice)
Colin Farrell ... Ronin (voice)
Jason Fricchione Jason Fricchione ... Bufo's Goon (voice)
Judah Friedlander ... Taxi Driver (voice)
Helen Hong ... Thistle Lady (voice)
Josh Hutcherson ... Nod (voice)
Kelly Keaton ... Berry Lady (voice)
Emma Kenney ... Marigold Girl (voice)
Kyle Kinane ... Biker Dude (voice)
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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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG for mild action, some scary images and brief rude language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leafmen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,531,068, 26 May 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$107,518,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$268,426,634
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2.35 : 1
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The song "Rise Up" is performed and co-written by Beyoncé, who provides the voice of Queen Tara. See more »

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Mandrake: I'm going to destroy the forest. But I'm only going to do it once, so try to pay attention.
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Rise Up
Written by Hit-Boy (as C. Hollis), Chase N. Cashe (as J. Woodard), Sia and Beyoncé
Performed by Beyoncé
Produced by Hit-Boy and Chase N. Cashe
Vocal Production by Beyoncé
Beyoncé appears courtesy of Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records
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Hardly epic, but good
29 May 2013 | by Kane20See all my reviews

My Rating: ***1/2 (out of ****)

The way things a currently looking, this might very well not be a Pixar year. A much as I might enjoy Monsters University and possibly Planes, they may very well not be my favorite animated films of the year, and they probably won't be. The Croods is already my favorite animated film of the year, and this movie, Epic, in my opinion, is also pretty good.

The main protagonist of the film is Mary Katherine, or M. K., a likable (and cute) teenage girl who, after her mother's death, goes to live with her eccentric and reclusive father. Her father believes that there is a miniature world of magical little people and creatures that live in the forest, and of course other people, including M. K., don't believe him. However, she soon magically shrunken and discovers this little world, which she must save.

And so on. I admit, the movie is not very epic; it is a bit generic and has just about every cliché possible: good vs. evil, balance of nature, dysfunctional parent/child relationship, etc etc. The film resembles a number of other films, such as FernGully, Avatar, and Honey I Shrunk the Kids, among others. One of the main characters, the Nod, even resembles Flynn Rider from Tangled pretty strongly (but this wasn't a problem for me). However, I disagree with everyone who is calling it charmless, forgettable, too reliant on visuals, and weak in terms of character, plot, heart, etc. That's right, I actually enjoyed it.

I actually thought the movie was handled fairly well and has a decent, solid, enjoyable, well- paced plot. The film started out a bit slow, but I started to get more interested as trouble started brewing in the miniature forest world and then M. K. gets shrunken; from then on the movie was much better, and I got interested and emotionally involved in the story. The film also has likable characters and relationships, and good voice performances by Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Beyonce Knowles, and the rest of the cast. It even had some good humorous parts, including a pair of mollusks and a three-legged dog.

The best part of the film is the animation; dazzling, lively, meticulously detailed, and it helps bring everything to life. Like Avatar, this movie has what I found to be an interesting, immersing, well-designed setting. Also, like Avatar, it has a good, strong ecological message, which I appreciate. It also has heart, charm, and genuine emotion, and additional good moral messages such as friendship, love, bravery, and selflessness.

Bottom line: If you ask me, Epic is hardly epic, but it's good. And it was especially enjoyable for me on the big screen. Kids will certainly love it; and if you are an adult, like me, just let out your inner child and enjoy the film.

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