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A teenage girl loses her mother and must go live with her obsessive, disgraced scientist, father; who believes there are tiny people living in the forest. Meawhile, in the forest, there is a battle being waged between the Boggins and the Queen, who is the life force of all things. The Queen is defended by the Leaf Men, hummingbird riding "Samurai" soldiers. The paths of the girl and the Queen entangle during an important forest event that will determine the future of its existence.
This movie felt like
50% Fern Gulley
25% Honey I Shrunk The Kids
25% Fifth Element
...with a dash of a few other movie flavors thrown in.
The only thing I didn't like was the use of the crows and the bats as evil characters. The Boggins represent disease or virus, things that infect and destroy the ecosystem. Bats and crows are both species that help to keep disease in check. Bats control insect population and other species of bats are integral to pollination. Crows are the garbage disposals, and help to clean disease carrying carion from the environment. Aside from that, it was a fun movie that will likely get watched many times.
The characters were a lot of fun for the kids, and they like the music a lot too. The animation was very good, and very creative. There is a lot going for this movie like humor, action, and love. Which makes it easy for us dads to sit through it during movie time!
Personally, I don't know where the name "Epic" comes from for this movie. It's really great, but I don't think me or my kids would call it Epic. I'm not going to take a star off for it, but it's always kind of been a head scratcher for me.
My problem, as I recall, is that I have essentially seen it before (/Fern Gully/, of course).
Of course, simply seeing a new version of something else is not necessarily a bad thing, and it isn't actually a bad thing here, it just makes it appear ordinary to me rather than extraordinary.
Of course, that amounts to saying that the story was not particularly impressive -- to me. Again, the kids should enjoy it.
Thank you for the enjoyable evening together with my kids, old and young!