As anticipation for Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians builds to a peak, Fox have done the shrewd thing and released a new batch of images from Epic, the next Blue Sky toon. Both films are based on books by William Joyce, and both blend tropes from childhood fantasy with grand-scale action movie business.
The following pictures come from USA Today where director Chris Wedge promises:
This film is an evolution for us. 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.”
I might have hoped for more “fun character comedy and depth of emotion” than the Ice Age films. Four times as much would have been a start.
Now, apologies for the black rims here – I’m not working from a machine where I can easily take them away. I’ll fix as soon as I can.
Will Epic displace the similarly Joyce-derived Robots as Wedge’s most satisfying picture? Here’s hoping. Let’s finish with the official blurb:
The story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world…and ours.”
Amanda Seyfried is the teen girl, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz and Colin Farrell are amongst the little people. The film is out come May in the US.