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First trailer for Blue Sky studios animated pic Epic, starring Colin Farrell and Beyonce arrives

Jun. 26, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox have created a new animated adventure called EPIC, with the voice talent of Colin Farrell, Beyonce Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, and Johnny Knoxville. Directed by Chris Wedge (ROBOTS, ICE AGE) the film seems to be a mix of FERNGULLY and HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS.

Have a look:

The animation for this is pretty solid and it looks like a good candidate for 3D.  The trailer doesn't really give us much in terms of tone, however, mostly because they're using the Snow Patrol song, The Lightning Strike, over the entire thing, which is kind of distracting, especially since the same song was used in the trailers for this years Navy SEAL war drama ACT OF VALOR.  Kind of weird.

It does look interesting, but seeing/hearing the voice talent at work will give us all a better picture of what to anticipate.  Where I used to be against anything that wasn't Pixar, the animation from competing studios is pretty much up to par at this point, so it's anyone's game now.  I welcome the onslaught as long as it's good.

Here's the synopsis:

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.

EPIC opens in 3D on May 24th, 2013.

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12:55AM on 06/27/2012

English words have seemed to take on different meanings as of late...

Great trailer, doesn't give to much away right away, and its not a stupid trailer for a trailer.
Lot of complaints about the using the word "EPIC", to be honest it doesn't bother me considering the word epic actually means "long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style". I think its a great word for this film, if it follows true to its definition.
Great trailer, doesn't give to much away right away, and its not a stupid trailer for a trailer.
Lot of complaints about the using the word "EPIC", to be honest it doesn't bother me considering the word epic actually means "long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style". I think its a great word for this film, if it follows true to its definition.
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12:30AM on 06/27/2012
Yes, it looks like not much more than Fern Gully on steroids and yes, it is very presumptuous to title a movie "Epic", but I fell in love with Rio and the animation on this one looks gorgeous, the CGI environments look better than those in a lot of recent live-action films. Immediate comparison: Snow White and the Huntsman. I loved the tracking shot that follows the hummingbirds as they fly through the forest.
Yes, it looks like not much more than Fern Gully on steroids and yes, it is very presumptuous to title a movie "Epic", but I fell in love with Rio and the animation on this one looks gorgeous, the CGI environments look better than those in a lot of recent live-action films. Immediate comparison: Snow White and the Huntsman. I loved the tracking shot that follows the hummingbirds as they fly through the forest.
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10:11PM on 06/26/2012

Hmmm

I thought the trailer was pretty cool. I really like what they are trying to sell, but I just don't think that the actual film will have the same tone as the trailer (as evident with the only two goofy lines of dialogue in the trailer), and will end up being pretty generic. Time will tell, however.

Also, not crazy about the title either.
I thought the trailer was pretty cool. I really like what they are trying to sell, but I just don't think that the actual film will have the same tone as the trailer (as evident with the only two goofy lines of dialogue in the trailer), and will end up being pretty generic. Time will tell, however.

Also, not crazy about the title either.
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9:22PM on 06/26/2012
I'll catch it on Netflix. Not a fan of Ice Age, and I really didn't like Rio either. I love animation, but when the story gets really dumbed down (like Ice Age and Rio), I can't stand to watch it.
I'll catch it on Netflix. Not a fan of Ice Age, and I really didn't like Rio either. I love animation, but when the story gets really dumbed down (like Ice Age and Rio), I can't stand to watch it.
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4:33PM on 06/26/2012
If you're gonna name your film "Epic" it'd better be more than a Fern Gully remake.

Nothing in this trailer looked original, and judging by Blue Sky's track record the script and story are most likely gonna be terrible. Aziz aside, not holding my breath for this one.
If you're gonna name your film "Epic" it'd better be more than a Fern Gully remake.

Nothing in this trailer looked original, and judging by Blue Sky's track record the script and story are most likely gonna be terrible. Aziz aside, not holding my breath for this one.
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2:32PM on 06/26/2012
If you're gonna name your film "Epic" it'd better be more than a Fern Gully remake.

Nothing in this trailer looked original, and judging by Blue Sky's track record the script and story are most likely gonna be terrible. Aziz aside, not holding my breath for this one.
If you're gonna name your film "Epic" it'd better be more than a Fern Gully remake.

Nothing in this trailer looked original, and judging by Blue Sky's track record the script and story are most likely gonna be terrible. Aziz aside, not holding my breath for this one.
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2:18PM on 06/26/2012
Every animation company is gaining onto Pixar. The trailer is great! The song in the background is awesome btw.
Every animation company is gaining onto Pixar. The trailer is great! The song in the background is awesome btw.
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1:55PM on 06/26/2012
Very cool! I love trailers that only hint at the story but use music to enhance the art. About the only thing I'd cut from it would be that big, golden RIO logo. That movie was the worst.
Very cool! I love trailers that only hint at the story but use music to enhance the art. About the only thing I'd cut from it would be that big, golden RIO logo. That movie was the worst.
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1:40PM on 06/26/2012
Looks beautiful
Looks beautiful
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1:28PM on 06/26/2012

Fantastic....

More trailers need to be like this. It was the perfect mix between a teaser and a full trailer.
More trailers need to be like this. It was the perfect mix between a teaser and a full trailer.
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