I’m just going to say it: Epic reminded me a lot of Fern Gully, but it was a lot more subtle. Instead of having the forest fighting deforestation directly, with the big bad guy being (gasp!) pollution, Epic focuses more on the environment fighting itself. The warriors of the forest, or Leaf Men, fight off little creatures that make me think of what would happen if sharks and rats reproduced. Their sole aim is to spread corruption and rot through the forest and take over everything that’s green and good.
There is also the secondary story of a girl (the hapless human who gets shrunken down to the size of the people of the forest) trying to reconnect with her dad (the hapless human who has dedicated his life to finding the people of the forest). It’s quaint, predictable, and doesn’t really add much to the movie other than to advance a few key plots points.
The animation is pretty and the voice acting was well done. I really enjoyed the comic relief characters, especially the three-legged, one-eyed pug. That dog cracked me up. This is one that I’m glad we didn’t shell out to see in theatres, but getting it on demand was a good use of an evening. I’d give it a 6.5/10. It’s fun for all ages, but the scary little dudes might be a little, well, scary for the really wee ones. They kind of freaked me out. Watch it and let me know what you think.