Based on the children’s book The Leaf Men And The Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce, Epic is a charming fable.
Chris Wedge’s vibrant computer-animated film reveals a long-standing feud between tiny eco-warriors invisible to humans called Leaf Men, who protect Mother Nature and an army of evil-doers called Boggans, armed to the sharp-eyed teeth with infectious mould.
In order to protect our parks and forests, and restore sunshine to our gloomy technology-driven society, the dirt and decay must be banished forever.
Seventeen-year-old Mary Katherine (voiced by Amanda Seyfried), who prefers to be known as MK, reluctantly heads out of the city to stay with her madcap father, Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis).
Since the death of his wife, Bomba has thrown himself into his study of the little men, who apparently reside in nearby trees and brooks.
Naturally, MK thinks her father has lost his grip on sanity until she is magically shrunk into this fantastical realm of valiant warriors and talking flora and taken under the wing of Leaf Men rebel Nod (Josh Hutcherson), whose gung-ho actions disappoint his commanding officer, General Ronin (Colin Farrell).
Directed at a brisk pace by Wedge, who previosly helmed Ice Age and Robots, the 3D format is employed to startling effect during airborne chases, the camera swooping under and over branches at dizzying speed.