EPIC, Blue Sky Studios - 20th Century Fox 
The story of how a forest, in a day of grandeur and celebration becomes a desperate fight between the forces of evil, good and the curious bystanders for the destiny of the Forest they all live in.
Character DESIGNS were based on the book by Williams Joyce [The Leaf Men and the brave Good Bugs] who also helped to pen this movie. Now, you might recognize the name since he is also the writer of THE GUARDIANS OF CHILDHOOD book series… You can see the whole different essence that TWO studios can make when adapting material from the same source.
Epic is a movie that tries to set the stage for scale and battles of great numbers against great forces, but in the end it falls flat and tired. The pacing of the movie is a mix between steadfast action scenes set against a more slow backdrop. The story also feels like a broken roller coaster.
We open the scene with your typical forces of Evil vs Good battling in the forest. They kill each other’s loved ones: The Leaf bros lose their queen in the day she chooses a heir and the Evil Leaf Man loses his Son who’s killed by the royal guard [which made the villain even more imposing, since his revenge was now justified and AWESOME]. But then we have the HUMAN character having to intervene and then a slug falls in love with her and so does the other Leaf Mang dude thats not the general and its ham-fisted romance all over with forced humor.
Lets spoil the basic plot:
Girl arrives at dad’s place, Dad is a nutjob about Pikmin, Meanwhile Bad guys try to steal magical seed thats what keeps the forest being reborn, but they manage to kill the bad guy’s son and injure fatally the Leaf Tea Queen. Girl abandons his dad to live on her own. Queen dies, Magic seed takes Girl as new caretaker and must take seed to tree of knowledge. WACKY SLUGS join Flynn Rider and his Dad. Evil dude attacks everywhere. WACKY ANTICS at the tree of knowledge because plot. Bad guy attains magic seed. Good guy go to Prof. E. Gadd’s lab to get Goblin armor WACKY PUG ANTICS. Dad realizes his daughter is now a Pikmin and passes out. ACTION SCENE rescuing the seed, followed by main confrontation against evil. Dad arrives to save the day. New Heir is a Joke from earlier the film. She returns to human world but not before she has a final kiss to Flynn Rider. End with scene of Bonding with his dad over the Pigmen.
The Villain and its army are incredibly diverse and they steal the movie by being an incredible character design in them. Specially at the fact that these Goblin men wear the carcasses of dead animals as trophies/camouflage.
The main character is condemned to try to see which world she fits in, trying to rebond with his dad who’s obsessed with the Leaf People and also recently her mother died. But how fast can she even cope and change if they must advance the plot in space of half a day.
What angers me is the inconsistencies through the movies. They dont figure the girl is from the other world and never do until a scene where they mock their dad. Also, apparently they speak really fast to us while we are like bulking molasses that talk, and in the end they stay in contact via Webcam. Sure, they can slow/speed up voices to help communication, but the stream in the camera shows they moving at normal speed… Hows this possible?
I am perhaps more amused at the fact that theres not a lot about this movie to be spoken in a positive light. The scenery and camera shots are marvelously made, theres some animation feats that really set a bigger scope, but in the end This movie ends like a lukewarm mix of the Plot of Ferngully with the gimmicks of Ant bully [minus the communism] and trying to be bigger than a molehill.
i also had to withstand the trailers for CARS 3 [Turbo] and RIO 2.
What a horrible year for animated features.