— by CHERRY BELL DAMASCO-FARRINGTON —
Twentieth Century Fox Film and Blue Sky have released the feature trailer for the upcoming animated film “Epic.”
The Chris Wedge-directed action adventure is packed with the voices of some of the biggest stars of today and could be a big factor in the box office come May 24, 2013. It will be released right at the start of the summer box office season and the kiddos will be getting ready for no school and looking for something to entertain them.
With names like Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Knoxville, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Blake Anderson and Judah Friedlander, not only the parents who are looking for a family friendly film will be in attendance with the munchkins, but also the teens who will more likely flock to the theaters just to hear Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) speak.
A previous trailer for “Epic” was released in July. In this longer trailer, we see more of the back story to the teenage girl whose father is convinced that another world exists in the forest that we are all unaware of. Like Mary Katherine (Amanda Seyfried), if anyone ever said this to me, I would think they were off their rocker and missing a few screws. However, since it is her father who has been conducting all the research and collecting evidence for years, she is forced to take her father’s word for it.
Then one day, Mary Katherine is shrunk and transported to the world of the Leaf People, tiny warriors who are sworn to protect the forest. It is only then that she realizes her father was right and that the world of the Leaf People — and ours — is in danger of annihilation.
Blue Sky Productions has churned out successful animated films like “Ice Age” and “Rio,” and this film is no exception to the quality for which they are known. It is visually inviting and the characters are drawn from many channels of inspiration.
Even though the film is animated, it may appeal to the older groups of children as well. The story plot is not just for pure enjoyment, but it seems that they are attempting to give the characters some sustenance to give us something more to bite and latch on to.
“Epic” is due in theaters May 24,, 2013. Will this film be a complete “Epic” fail or a success of “Epic” proportions? Let us know what you think.
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