Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar….these are still the power houses when it comes to animated movies. However, with Ice Age under their belts and after seeing the sheer beauty of the Epic Blu-ray, it’s safe to say the team at Blue Sky Studios is giving them a run for their money. The magical world of the leafmen and boggons is spectacular to behold, filled with every day items thrown in to a whole new light thanks to their size.

While the story sounds similar to the lovely The Secret World of Arrietty, this is a much bigger world – filled with interesting villains and epic fight scenes. The story follows Mary Katherine (aka MK) as she reunites with her crazy scientist father after her mother’s passing. He’s dedicated his life to studying and searching for small forest people and creatures, yet MK is magically shrunk down to help join the fight against the Mandrake and is team of rot-inducing boggons.

Christoph Waltz plays yet another solid villain as Mandrake and Amanda Seyfried provides a sweet yet strong lead in MK. The trend of using well-known actors in these voice over roles always takes me out of the movie a bit, since I spend some time trying to figure out who’s voicing who rather than just enjoying the movie. That’s definitely an issue in Epic, where there are major roles for Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Ferrell and more. It doesn’t help that the only actor who even attempts to alter his voice is Jason Sudekis.

Once I got passed the voice acting, the story is a fun peek in to a new world in the midst of a classic good vs. evil battle. While a simple story for children, there’s enough here for adults and parents to enjoy as well.

As for the extra features on the disc, they are some great education snippets about the real life bugs and wildlife that inspired these creatures. They even delved in to the physics behind the tiny 2″ inch leafmen and how they’re able to basically be superheroes because of their size.


Epic Blu-ray

EPIC 2- disc Blu-ray Combo Pack – BD/Ultraviolet/DVD & DC

  • Mub & Grub Intro – Join Mub and Grub for an EPIC tour through the special features of this Blu-ray!
  • Birds, Bugs and Slugs: Forest Explorer – Journey into the forest to meet the real-life counterparts of theEPIC world!
  • Rot Rocks – Mandrake might be the bad guy, but his world of rot benefits ours in a number of ways, let’s discover how!
  • Bugs of Camouflage – Join us to find out how bugs use their environment to hide right under our noses, just like the Leafmen!
  • The Epic Life At Two Inches Tall – How would your life be different if you were only two inches tall? Aside from being small, there are some surprising and amazing benefits!
  • Mysteries of Moonhaven Revealed – Meet the incredibly talented filmmakers, artists, and animators at Blue Sky, and learn all about the making of EPIC!
    • The World
    • The Leafmen
    • Queen Tara
    • Mub & Grub
    • Nim Galuu
    • The Stompers
    • Finding Moonhaven
  • Epic Coloring & Storybook Builder App – Color your own EPIC story with exclusive pages on your iOS or Android devices. Then become the story teller by recording your own voice and share on your television with family and friends
  • Theatrical Trailer

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EPIC DVD

  • Mub & Grub Intro – Join Mub and Grub for an EPIC tour through the special features of this Blu-ray!
  • Rot Rocks – Mandrake might be the bad guy, but his world of rot benefits ours in a number of ways, let’s discover how!
  • Bugs of Camouflage – Join us to find out how bugs use their environment to hide right under our noses, just like the Leafmen!
  • Epic Coloring & Storybook Builder App – Color your own EPIC story with exclusive pages on your iOS or Android devices. Then become the story teller by recording your own voice and share on your device with family and friends
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

EPIC 3-Disc Deluxe Edition BD3D /BD/Ultraviolet/DVD & DC

Includes feature film on Blu-ray 3D and all of the features of the Blu-ray combo pack. In addition, inside every Deluxe Edition Blu-ray, families will find 3 Epic Seed cards—so you can grow your own Epic Garden!

 

Epic is available on Amazon starting August 20, 2013.