EPIC is a CG animated adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. From the creators of Ice Age and Rio, EPIC (rated PG for mild language and action; and with a running time of 102 min.) tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, known as the Boggans, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors known as the Leaf men, and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world – and ours.
Having brought to life one of the most beloved and successful animated motion picture franchises, Ice Age, director Chris Wedge and his teams at Blue Sky Studios (of which Wedge is a co-founder) achieve new heights of realism, action, adventure and detail, with EPIC.
Wedge’s initial inspiration for EPIC came when he and noted author William Joyce attended an art exhibition of 100-year-old paintings that depicted intricate realms existing in the woods. "The paintings had magical notions of tiny civilizations living in the trees and bushes," Wedge recalls. "They looked like magnificent worlds, and I thought there had to be a movie here."
As Wedge completed work on his acclaimed animated feature "Robots," ideas for a film about an unseen universe continued to percolate.
Blue Sky Studios’ cutting-edge animation was the perfect fit to bring EPIC alive. "Some places you can’t go any other way but animation," Wedge explains. "We had been developing our artistic and technical capabilities, and we now had the ability to create entire worlds based in nature. I thought I could immerse audiences – visually, intellectually and emotionally – in a realm we could experience only through animation."
EPIC’s world, which unites the familiar and the fantastic, is a forest unlike any we’ve seen before: tiny seeds look like boulders; rocks are the size of spiky mountains; flowers are gigantic and complex; and a butterfly is a nothing short of a flying tapestry.
In this world, Wedge interweaves spectacular battle scenes with intimate and emotional character interactions, and seasons the tale with humor, fun and romance. While the film’s visual wonders breaks new ground in animated spectacle, realism, action and adventure, it is EPIC’s characters and the actors who portray them that take center stage.
—from the production notes of Epic, courtesy of 20th Century Fox
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