“EPIC,” Is it a Winner? Vote for your Favorite Animated Film too!

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"epic" may be one of the great animated films of all-time.
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EPIC

This 3D animated film is based upon William Joyce's book, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. The original story was not used and a traditional action fantasy story line was developed. The director, Chris Wedge had William Joyce and four other writers work up the script. Wedge explains, "But while Bill wrote a wonderful book, it is a quaint story. We wanted to make a gigantic action-adventure movie." To address online speculations about whether the film is similar to other films, like FernGully: The Last Rainforest or Avatar, Wedge said: "I hate to associate it with other movies. 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.”*

The film was a box office hit with $252 million in receipts, about half of what Pixar films generate. Many critics gave it poor reviews, though mixed, while the viewers gave it an “A+” for children and “A” for adults.

If you have viewed “Ice Age” and enjoyed it, you will love this lavish adventure fantasy created by the same production studio. One can see the influences of the above mentioned” Avatar,” “Ferngully,” and “Star Wars.” From the opening scenes we cannot help but think of the beautiful flying scenes in “Avatar” where humans ride upon birds in spectacular landscapes battling for control of the planet. The fight scenes are intense and one feels that the leafmen may very well lose the battle.

The New Look in Animation:

As computer generated animation appears so vividly real in the last decade, it is difficult to separate animation from real-life productions. Avatar is considered to be a live production, however much of it was animation so intense that it was not apparent to viewers. Consider that the main character was an animation when he appeared as the Avatar and one can understand that animation and live actors are now a mix of special effects.

And so it is here and in other recent films like “Brave,” “How to Slay a Dragon,” “Shrek,” “Ice-Age” and others. One could view “Jack the Giant Slayer” and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”, and flip a coin as to whether this is predominantly live-actor or animated.

In “epic” the decision to make it an animated production was a big one. It could have been done with live actors and would have been beautiful and probably not that much different than the fully animated film.

So—What about “EPIC?”

For this viewer it is a dazzling fast-paced thrill-ride that must be viewed many times over in order to take it all in. Subsequent viewings reveal the subtle humor, the brilliant scripting, and vivid characterizations that are missed the first time around. Like the “Ice- Age” films, there are cute characters in every scene that keep the laughs going a mile a minute. The slug and the snail steal the show here. On the other hand there is an conniving frog and his cohorts that are reminiscent of the giant slug in Star Wars.

I agree with Wedge when he says, “...it has its own personality.” Yes, nothing is borrowed here. We are taken into a magical world like no other and then we can learn something from the experience. Like “How to Train a Dragon” I was surprised to learn that I was taken on a journey in which I felt I had leaned from it and was a better person for the experience.

EPIC is a Wonderful Fantasy Family Film

Battle Scenes are Thrilling
Battle Scenes are Thrilling | Source

Time to Vote:

Let's think about the animated films we have all seen during our lifetime. Which one rises to the top? The last decade has been a thrill ride for animated films. The lavish settings and characterizations make the early Disney films look pale in comparison. I viewed 'The Princess and the Frog” which was done in the older Disney style and I had to force myself to view it to the final scenes as the animation seemed weak when comparing it to the newer computer generated films.

I would not want to influence anyone in selecting a best ever, however I will explain why I picked “How to Train Your Dragon” by DreamWorks as my all-time favorite. I loved the lavish Viking settings, the great script, and the outstanding animation. The developing friendship between Hiccup and the dragon captured my heart and the big battle scene all worked for me. The epilogue (no spoiler here) was wonderful and it was then that I realized that I was better for the experience. Others, like “epic,”“Despicable Me.” and “Wreck it Ralph” all rise to the top as contenders for the same reasons. “Brave” competes for a top spot for the memorable authentic Irish voices and beautiful settings.

Here is a list to help you decide, however vote for anything that comes to your mind by making a comment:

Arthur Christmas

Beauty and the Beast

Brave

Despicable Me

Disney films from the past

epic

Escape from Planet Earth

Finding Nemo

Gulliver's Travels

How to Train Your Dragon

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Puss in Boots

Rise of the Guardians

Rio

Shrek ( series of four films)

Tangled

Tintin

UP

Wall-E

Wreck it Ralph

Frozen

* Source: Wikipedia

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Don't know any of these movies, but I think it's great to have people think about why they like what they like. Helps develop discernment and appreciation. Good job!


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Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

I probably would have missed all of these gems too if I had not developed an interest in 3D films. In the event you ever have an opportunity to view How to Train a Dragon, you should take time to enjoy the very best of them.


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Garlonuss 3 years ago from Saratoga Springs, Utah

Haven't seen Epic yet, but I agree with Reynold Jay. How to Train Your Dragon is an amazing 3D experience.


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Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

I don't get to see so many animated films since my children grew up, but some of my recent favourites are "Wall-E" and "Up", both by Pixar I think. I liked them because they are both great stories with a good message, and have endearing characters.

I am also becoming increasingly fond of the Japanese anime films by Studio Ghibli, which are traditional hand drawn animation, and are so beautifully done.

From your list, I haven't seen too many, but Shrek is a definite winner there. Thanks for an interesting discussion. :)


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Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

I did see Wall-E a while back and loved it too. I did see the last 20 minutes of UP on cable last week and plan to view it in its entirely ASAP. I see it was nominated for BEST PICTURE and won a ton of awards. What little I did see was impressive. Thank, you for the comment and the vote .


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Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

As for the Shrek films I found that the fourth film which has a theme similar to "It's a Wonderful Life" that asks, "What if I did not exist?" The animation for the 2-4 films were undergoing technological changes and it could see the upgrade in animation of the last three films.


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Lee Lee 513 2 years ago from Granville, New York

The animation of today is great and there are many to choose from but I was a 70's child and when I saw a cartoon it was a big event for the evening. My all time favorite is and always will be "Charlotte's Web". I loved Wilbur and how Charlotte saved him but I teared up when Charlotte was gone. They say there is no greater gift, then to lay down your life, for another.


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Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Lee, Charlotte's Web appears on the most 50 Classic Literature lists too. It is one of the great stories. Thank you for the comment.


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abbaelijah 2 years ago from Nigeria

humm !

well, for me i prefer - "How to Train Your Dragon" It is an amazing 3D video.


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Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

I'm looking forward to the Dragon II film. I think your pick is very likely the best animated film of all time.


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gposchman 23 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

I haven't seen all of the films on your list, but I have liked all the ones I have seen. I voted for How to Train Your Dragon, but I haven't seen EPIC, so ...

How to Train Your Dragon has some meaning for me, my family background is entirely Celtic made up of German and Scots, and I have always been a sucker for dragons. I look forward to seeing Epic.

Gene Poschman


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Reynold Jay 23 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi GP, I love Celtic music and it you haven't seen Brave, you will love it as the voices are true Celtics. The lush Celtic music is hard to resist. Dragons II made it to my 3-D screen and is a big winner as was the first. 8th book in my upcoming illustrated historical children's series, "Tammy and the Magna Carta" features ( in part) Scottish landscapes and characters from the history books in 1215. I enjoy using the old English and hope my readers do too. If you want any help at all on your book, let me know. I bet you do very well on your own.


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gposchman 23 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

I haven't seen Brave yet, but I am looking forward to it. I am also a big fan of Celtic Music. When I said my family roots go back to Scotland and Germany, I meant it. On my fathers side His father was born in Germany, while his mother was born in Scotland. On my mother's side her maternal grand parents were both from Germany, and her fraternal grandparents were from Scotland, so I am an interesting mixture Germanic and Gaelic Celts.

Thank you for your offer about my book, I will take you up on that, I have a pretty good collection of people who keep my feet on the ground as I write, but there is always room for one more. If I can be of service to you, please let me know.

I have a copy of the first Jonas Watcher available on Noise Trade if you are interested.

Gene Poschman


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unvrso 13 months ago from Mexico City

I`m voting on "Epic." I`m interested in these types of movies. I find them very interesting and motivational. I enjoy listening at epic music.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

I have not seen "Epic" yet but have seen "How to Train Your Dragon" and enjoyed it. "Despicable Me" is a wonderful tale, and I also enjoyed "Up". However the most recent animate movies I have seen were "The Adventures of Tin Tin" and "The Croods". I loved both, but on a fun point of view I would vote for "The Croods" as my favourite.


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Reynold Jay 11 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Jodah--Yes--the reviews go back before I began working on the Wurtherington Diary and the more recent animations have no reviews at HUBS for this writer. the Croods is a lot of fun I agree and would get a top rating 3 and half stars. Up is wonderful and gets 4 stars from most reviewers and the Tin Tin has amazing animation but lacked a great ending. Of course Frozen is the great 4 star that has broken all animation records with over a billion at the box office and billions more on the spin off merchandise. Deservedly so!!! Thank you for visiting two HUBS today!!! You are a gem.


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Besarien 10 months ago

Hello Reynold Jay! The whole time I was reading this I was thinking William Joyce that sounds familiar, I must have read something else he has written. Then it dawned- Lord Haw-Haw and no relation to this William Joyce, I'm sure.

I haven't seen Epic and most of the movies on the list. I did see Wall-E, How to Train Your Dragon and Up. All three were wonderful, but if I had to pick one I'd give it to Up. It made me weep profusely in the movie theater amusing my husband and mortifying my son, about 9 then. I love movies, animated or not, that can make me feel so deeply. Fun hub! I will definitely check out Epic and let you know what I think!


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Reynold Jay 10 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Besarien, I will bet you will love Epic and you can see that I highly recommend it for all. Up is fabulous and it is good to let the emotions flow as they did for you. I imagine most viewers are surprised of the emotional impact an animated film can have on one. I must admit that the tears flow from this viewer as well.

Since I wrote this HUB six of the eight books The Wurtherington Diary are now available. Write me if you want a copy to read online. See readers' reviews here. I am happy they like it and am hoping Pixar will take notice.

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