When it comes to children’s animated movies, Disney and Pixar are an industry leader in creating films that children love and remember for a lifetime. Trying to compete, 20th Century Fox has created a movie that it hopes can do the same. Epic is the story of a girl who is consistently overlooked by her father. When attempting to reconnect with him, she inadvertently stumbles across the adventure of a lifetime. While Epic may not be a film that goes down as one of the greatest animated films of all time, it arrives in theaters just in time for summer vacation and provides a good opportunity for children to watch a movie during their time off.
Headlining a star-studded cast, Amanda Seyfriend plays Mary Katherine, the main protagonist of the film. Mary’s father, Professor Bomba (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), is a scientist who has studied artifacts that he believes will lead him to an unknown group of warriors who protect the forest. As Mary looks to visit her father, she comes across a gathering of glowing leaves. Upon catching one, she is shrunken and transformed into a completely new world. While attempting to find her way back to normalcy, she comes across the Leafmen tribe. Although initially unwilling, Mary eventually works with the Leafmen in their battle against the Boggans, led by the powerful Madrake (Christoph Waltz).
Also lending their voices to the film are Colin Ferrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Aziz Ansari, Josh Hutcherson, Steven Tyler and Pitbull.
Directed by Chris Wedge, who also did Ice Age and Robots, the film seems to lack what similar movies from Disney and Pixar offer. In Epic, it is easy to connect to the loveable characters and also feel emotionally attached during the battle between good and evil. However, it doesn’t carry the same weight as, say, Woody and Buzz, Nemo or Lightning McQueen. Instead, its simply a movie where you hope the good guy will come out victorious and learn a lesson that reconnects her and her father.
Epic is sure to be one of the best movies for children this summer. It certainly delivers in terms of entertainment and value, but it probably wont leave you with a lasting memory of the characters or plot. Nonetheless, when the summer heat rises and you need to find a cool, relaxing place to take the kids, Epic will provide a nice little reprieve.