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Epic  : Where’s The Epic?
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Animation Film
Chris Wedge
Beyonce Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd
There’s a new species of miniature human beings called the leaf-men who are the protectors of the jungle. And we are the stompers. The concept of miniature humans may have gone out with the Lilliputians but this is fresh with some great animation.

The plot: Derived from the book The Leaf Men And The Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce, it’s traditional good vs evil, right vs wrong, the pretty vs the ugly. Mary Katherin (Amanda Seyfried) does not know that her quest to get her father, Professor Bambo out of a crazy research on a new species of miniature humans will land her plonk amidst the same tiny creatures.

Before she can get out of this super-quick world where everything moves fast, she is thrown the responsibility of protecting the jungle as the bugs, the evil ugly enemies led by Mandrake (Christoph Waltz), are about to take over the reins after the death of the queen of jungle, Princess Tara (Beyonce Knowles).

The good: From the makers of Rio and Ice Age comes yet another CG film that moves in a fantasy world where animals and humans understand each other and are of the same size. With some brilliant cinematography by Renato Falcao there are stunning visuals of jungles and the dark land of the enemies which remind one of Avatar and its jungles. The 3D makes the fantasy world even more beautiful for a kiddie audience.

The animated characters are well created with the cute leaf-men striking a pleasant likeability with kids.

The animation is, of course, a cut above and perfect, not a surprise considering where it comes from.

Though meant to be a child-flick, the dialogues are mature enough to entertain the parents as well, and give them a few good laughs.

The bad: The 3D is fine for bringing alive the jungle but the many in-your-face visuals of beautiful flowers and trees don’t seem intrinsic to the film and the 3D glasses just get annoying after a while. The story is also one-dimensional which caters to very young kids but slightly older ones may not find much to keep them interested.

Overall: A sweet film which passes like a quick breeze and has its moments. But not an epic experience for sure.

– Pooja Thakkar
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