Ever since The Croods screening when the children saw a trailer for Epic they have been bubbling over with excitement at seeing the film. Finally the day came *thank god, the meltdown I would have had at being asked if it was the day yet*. Epic is from the same team that bought us Ice Age and Rio and according to my 6 year old boy ‘much, much, much better than Ice Age and Rio with awesome fighting…’
The story revolves around a forest where there is a battle for its survival going on. Basically its a good versus evil kinda thing. The plot is deepened by the inclusion of human girl called MK who becomes embroiled in the battle whilst visiting her slightly eccentric father. A bit of research tells me its based on William Joyces book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs which is a picture book published in 1996. You can grab a copy on Amazon, if you feel so inclined.
This is a visual feast, as you would expect from a film with its heritage and is genuinely exciting. Be warned though as much as the 6 year old loved the scary fighting, the 4 year old was a little bit scared. However, on the whole it is a really family friendly film and perfect for the forthcoming half-term break.
One of the things which Blue Sky Studios do incredibly well are birds and we loved the way that the characters flew about on them using little saddles. It’s the small details like that which really make a film memorable. My children were most amused by the slug and the snail who had some of the most amusing and memorable lines in the film.
We thought Epic was a seriously cool film. I’d love to hear your thoughts when you go and see it from May 22 in the meantime you can have a look at the trailer here:
Also take a look at the American site which gives you a fantastic flavour of the film: http://www.epicthemovie.com/
Disclaimer: We were given free tickets to a press screening of the film