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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:
... Dagda (voice)
... Mub (voice)
... Dandelion Jinn (voice)
... Race Announcer / Additional Voices (voice)
Todd Cummings ... Fruit Fly (Old) (voice)
... Pinecone Jinn (voice)
... Thistle Jinn (voice)
... Ronin (voice)
Jason Fricchione ... Bufo's Goon (voice)
... Taxi Driver (voice)
... Thistle Lady (voice)
... Nod (voice)
... Berry Lady (voice)
... Marigold Girl (voice)
... 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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24 May 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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The first Blue Sky Studios film to be based on a book since Horton Hears a Who (2008) released 5 years ago. See more »

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Bomba: Just because you haven't seen something doesn't mean it's not there.
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Written by Hit-Boy (as C. Hollis), Chase N. Cashe (as J. Woodard), Sia and Beyoncé
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Below Epic
29 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Epic calls itself a pretty pretentious title, in spite of fact the story is really about heroes protecting a land that isn't safe from evil. In modern definition, "Epic" is supposed to tell an extraordinary tale. The film shows us a fascinating miniscule world, and there are themes that may bring more to the scale. Unfortunately, none of those dig deeper and it sticks to the mainstream way of storytelling, leading an almost boring experience. It can be a little fun in some parts but it had some potential that wasn't executed well enough.

There is nothing wrong with the title "Epic" since the film's concept sure sounds like one, but that word is mostly described on the visuals and the setting than the actual story. Those wondrous landscapes can be a perfect world to set epic stories and battles. The plot displays some themes that could have been compelling like the relationships of these rebellious teenagers to their mentors, and redemption motivated by loss. But instead of making rich characters, they took the cliché points like generic romantic subplots and cute crass comic relief characters. It totally forgets whatever that would have been powerful and unique for the genre. And the cast who are known for music indeed sings in the film. Because they can sing! If you can get away from the clichés, then sadly you can't deny how much little soul the film provides. Also the villain is less exciting when all epic villains are supposed to spice things up.

The mythology behind the story is kind of intriguing, at least. Stories about tiny hidden worlds are already familiar, but Epic tries to deliver something much interesting about these heroes who are called "Leaf Men" and their connection to the forest's order. The narrative tends to fascinate at the beginning, but it becomes a forced exposition and sometimes played for more laughs afterwards. The animation looks enchanting which is the only remarkable merit the filmmakers have done.

My personal complain sounds too hipster. I understand it's a family film that is trying to be fun for everyone, but back in the days there were animated films that are actually epic and liked by many without cluttering any stale elements that lies amongst this film's storyline. In the overall picture, it does not fill enough depth, heart, and soul to the story. What's left to praise is the appropriate epic tone to the action scenes, and a bunch of visuals and ideas that anyone could root for. Epic is a waste of potential for being a real epic or probably a classic.


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