From director Chris Wedge and his teams at Blue Sky Studios (of which Wedge is a co-founder), Epic is coming to theaters May 24th. Chris Wedge (who I had the pleasure of interviewing- My interview with Chris Wedge) also directed Ice Age and my children’s favorite, Robots. He was the Executive Producer of the popular movie, Rio, as well. Epic is the classic tale of two competing worlds, one good and one evil.
We experience the story through the eyes of Mary Katherine (M.K.), the headstrong 17 year old estranged daughter of Professor Bomba. Professor Bomba has been investigating, researching, and well, ranting about a hidden society of little leafmen in the forest for years. It’s what made his wife (M.K.’s mother) finally leave him. When M.K.’s mother died, she went back to live with her father but his ranting and endless talk of the leafmen ultimately made M.K. lose patience and pushed her away, too. M.K. decided to leave but in a strange set of circumstances she was shrunk down and entered the forest world of the leafmen. It was real! Everything her father had said.
M.K. finds herself put in a position that she needs to help the forest world and the leafmen. She finds adventure with Nod, a young man who leave the leafmen to do his own thing, and two unlikely heros, Mub and Grub, a snail and a slug. When Queen Tara dies, the pod she selected to be her successor needs to be taken to the forest’s wiseman and party animal, Nim Galuu, for he will know what to do with it. M.K., Nod, Mub, Grub, and Nod’s father-like mentor, Ronin, all go to find Nim Galuu to bring him the pod.
But the evil Mandrake who is determined to turn the whole forest into his own world of death and decay, steals the pod and kidnaps Mud and Grub.
M.K., Nod, and Ronin then journey to Mandrake’s dark realm to steal back the pod so it will bloom in the moonlight and the world of the leafmen will be saved. Want to know what happens? Make sure to check out Epic when it opens in theaters May 24th.
I really enjoyed Epic and I am excited to take my children when it opens. The artwork and animation in Epic is simply breathtakingly realistic. It’s in 3D so it feels like you can reach out and touch the flowers and feel the crystal clear ripples of the water. From the very beginning of the movie I was immediately pulled into the world world of the leafmen. My children love all things flowers, insects, etc. so I know they are also going to love to see Epic and be a part of this world. As a parent I love that there isn’t a lot of adult humor or anything that I don’t want my girls to hear. It’s rated PG but the action scenes aren’t that scary. My friend brought her 4 year old son with us and he loved it, too. Don’t miss Epic!
Make sure to check out my interview with Epic’s director, Chris Wedge!
- Amanda Seyfried as Mary Katherine (a.k.a. M.K.), Professor Bomba’s 17-year old daughter
- Josh Hutcherson as Nod, a rookie Leafmen warrior
- Colin Farrell as Ronin, a seasoned Leafmen warrior and Leader of the Leaf-Men
- Beyoncé Knowles as Queen Tara, the Mother Nature-like queen of the forest
- Christoph Waltz as Mandrake, the leader of the Boggans
- Aziz Ansari as Mub, a slug
- Chris O’Dowd as Grub, a snail
- Pitbull as Bufo, a toad
- Jason Sudeikis as Professor Bomba, Mary Katherine’s father
- Steven Tyler as Nim Galuu, a caterpillar
- Blake Anderson as Dagda, Mandrake’s son
- Judah Friedlander as Larry
Disclosure- I did not receive any compensation for this post but I was given the opportunity to screen the movie for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.