This post will have the official information from Twentieth Century Fox Animation / Blue Sky Studios on EPIC, the animated movie coming to theaters May 24, 2013. The film is based on the children’s books of The Leaf Men and Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce, and is directed by Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots). Voices in the film include Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Steven Tyler, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, with Beyoncé Knowles and Colin Farrell. Director Chris Wedge previously won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 1999 for Bunny.
EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world… and ours. Continue reading for updates, images, trailers, and more information on EPIC as it becomes available.
Update May 23, 2013
George Gensler provides a spoiler-free review of EPIC – “Many Leaves, One Tree.” Click here to read George’s review.
Update May 11, 2013
Third trailer released for EPIC, with special introduction by Mub.
Update May 6, 2013
Beyoncé has created an original song, “RISE UP” for the upcoming Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios motion picture, EPIC, for which she also voices one of the lead characters. The song, performed by Beyoncé, is written by Beyoncé and Sia and produced by Hit-Boy and Chase N. Cashe. The track will be released by Columbia Records.
Beyoncé voices the leader of this magical world – Queen Tara. Beautiful, agile and strong, Tara isn’t just the Leafmen’s Queen; she’s the life force of the forest, which she presides over with respect, compassion and humor.
Update March 29, 2013
New images released for EPIC. Plus a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles or New York City for the film’s premiere and a $500 Epic Threads wardrobe in the Macy’s See Epic. Wear Epic. Be Epic. sweepstakes.
M.K. (Amanda Seyfried) doesn´t understand the madcap antics of her father, Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), as he searches for a hidden world.
Queen Tara (Beyonce Knowles) reigns over Moonhaven, an unseen Eden-like world.
Mandrake (Christoph Waltz) flies into battle to claim the forest he believes should have always been his.
Buffo (Pitbull) is a wheeler and dealer tough-guy toad who plays all the angles: he profits no matter which side wins or loses.
Grub (Chris O´Dowd), Mub (Aziz Ansari), Ronin (Colin Farrell) and Nod (Josh Hutcherson) prepare to aid a fallen comrade.
Update March 25, 2013
Behind-the-scenes featurette with Beyoncé Knowles discussing voicing Queen Tara for the movie EPIC.
Update March 22, 2013
Second trailer released for EPIC.
Update March 3, 2013
International poster and new images released for EPIC.
“Just because you haven’t seen something doesn’t mean it’s not there.”
We are the Leafmen, protectors of the forest, Epic Heroes.
Update January 29, 2013
Full trailer released for EPIC.
Original article follows below…
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.
The film stars Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, and Johnny Knoxville – in theaters everywhere May 24th, 2013.