I prefer the cozy confines of my little abode, choosing to only go outside during commercial breaks for a little stretch. So it’s hard to imagine living in the wild, as a miniature person no less, dealing with the inherent dangers of nature like talking snails, malevolent spiders, little dudes dressed up in leaf armor and creatures that fly around on pigeons shooting arrows at you. I’m assuming this is what happens. Again, I don’t go out much.
Which is what makes watching a movie like Epic so refreshing. It gives guys like me a chance to see what’s happening in the great outdoors. Sh@# out there is way crazier than I imagined and diverges fairly significantly from those Biology and Environmental Science courses I snoozed through in high school and college. Namely, an army of leaf men is out there fighting the ecological good fight against enemies unknown (to me at least).
Based on the children’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce, Epic is the latest from Blue Sky Studio and Chris Wedge who also gave us Robots (64%) and Ice Age(77%). Those are two good, not great, flicks join Blue Sky’s other works Rio (72%) and Horton Hears a Who (79%).
That resume leaves it trailing behind the big dog, Pixar, and for the moment Dreamworks (mostly because of output) in the animated game. That’s not to say there isn’t room for a third though and Blue Sky produces quality flicks. They just haven’t garnered the gaga affection of the former, and to a lesser extent, the latter.
There’s reason to suspect Epic will score favorably with critics, though it’s hard to make a case for something in the upper levels of the Tomatometer. In addition to Blue Sky’s resume, Joyce other book-turned-movie Meet the Robinsons (66%) (based on A Day with Wilbur Robinson) fits in with the other scores we’ve thrown out here. And though they’ve given the movie an adjectively favorable title, I think something like “Pretty Good” would have sufficed. The Rotten Watch for Epic is