Latest Trailer for Epic Reveals a Star Wars and Avatar-esque Adventure?
11.28.12 by Ryan
"Just because you haven't seen something doesn't mean it's not there."
The first trailer for the upcoming animated fantasy Epic (formerly Leaf Men) arrived in June and offered the first example of the vast yet hidden forest world that director Chris Wedge (Ice Age) had created in his passion project, which he had been trying to make since 2006. Armed with Snow Patrol song "The Lightning Strike" as its driving force, little was heard from the voice cast, with the exception of two comic moments from Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) as a slug and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!, Dear John) as the human protagonist Mary Katherine. The latest trailer adds more depth while also revealing more from the voice cast (and keeping Snow Patrol around for good measure), which also includes Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell and Johnny Knoxville.
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Loosely based on the 1996 children's book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce (who co-wrote Rise of the Guardians, also based on one of his books), Epic changed much of the story, opting for a more ep...er, grander story. "This film is an evolution for us," Wedge explained recently to USA Today. "In the technology, in what we put on screen and in the storytelling. It has the fun character comedy and depth of emotion that are found in the Ice Age films. But while Bill wrote a wonderful book, it is a quaint story. We wanted to make a gigantic action-adventure movie."
As seen in the trailer, Mary Katherine finds herself in the miniature world of the Leafmen, who ride on hummingbirds and fight in the "battle going between the forces of life and the forces of decay," according to Wedge. "They keep [Mother Nature] alive and strong," said voice actor Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) of the Leafmen (Hutcherson voices the "reluctant warrior" Nod in the movie).
While the trailer shows a very kid-friendly story, Wedge compared Epic to more adult-friendly movies. "I hate to associate it with other movies," warned Wedge. "It is adventure on the scale of Star Wars. And it does immerse the audience completely in a world like Avatar. But it has its own personality."
Audiences will will have to wait until May 24, 2013, to see if that's true.