- Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Aziz Ansari, Beyonce Knowles, Blake Anderson, Chris O'Dowd, Christoph Waltz, Colin Farrell, Emma Kenney, Jason Harris, Josh Hutcherson, Judah Friedlander, Johnny Knoxville, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler
- Director: Chris Wedge
- Writers: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, James V. Hart, William Joyce, Daniel Shere
- Producers: Jerry Davis, Lori Forte
- Co Producer: Michael J. Travers
- Executive Producers: James V. Hart, William Joyce
- Art Direction: Mike Knapp
- Casting: Christian Kaplan
- D.O.P.: Renato Falcão
- Editor: Andy Keir
- Music: Danny Elfman
- Production Designs: Greg Couch, William Joyce
- Set Decoration: Isaac Holze
"Epic" is a 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of "Ice Age" and "Rio," "Epic" tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world…and ours.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- MPAA Warning: Mild action, some scary images and brief rude language
- Production Companies: Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation
- Production Schedule: 2010-2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "The latest work from "Rio" producers Blue Sky Studios is this CG animated loose adaptation of William Joyce's kids book "The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs". Joyce's other works will be familiar to audiences of this genre as they formed the basis for both Blue Sky's "Robots" and Dreamworks Animation's recent "Rise of the Guardians."
Here though you have a project that has been unkindly described as "Ferngully" meets "Honey I Shrunk The Kids" with a dash of "Avatar." "Ice Age" director Chris Wedge very nearly left his own studio and Fox because the latter didn't want to produce the project which Wedge had been pursuing for some time. They relented though, and now we finally get to see if this eco-friendly fantasy tale was worth the investment.
The story follows a teenager who finds herself transported to a deep forest setting, there she must band together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save both their world - and ours. Recent trailers have showed some surprisingly imaginative and fun use of the natural world to tell this tale of battles on a large scale. There seems to be more thought, emotion and consideration on offer here than one usually expects from Fox animated movies."