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The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs

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The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs
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Epic (stylized as epic) is a 2013 American 3D computer animated epic fantasy-adventure film loosely based on William Joyce's children's book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios, and directed by Chris Wedge, the director of Ice Age (2002) and Robots (2005). It stars the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O'Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, with Steven Tyler and Beyoncé Knowles. The film was released on May 24, 2013.

Plot

Following the death of her mother, Mary Katherine (a.k.a. M.K.) (Amanda Seyfried), a 17 year old teenager, moves in with her estranged and eccentric scientist father, Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), who has been searching for tiny human soldiers, about which M.K. is skeptical. She wants her father to stop his work. Unknown to the both of them, Bomba is right that there are tiny soldiers called Leafmen. They protect the forest Bomba lives near from evil creatures called Boggans (who shoot arrows that can kill any living thing) and their malevolent leader Mandrake (Christoph Waltz) who plans to destroy the forest. An independent young soldier, Nod (Josh Hutcherson) decides to quit, much to the ire of the no-nonsense Leafmen leader Ronin (Colin Farrell) who wants Nod to learn about teamwork.

The queen of the forest, Queen Tara (Beyoncé Knowles), who is aware of Ronin's apparent attraction to her, decides to choose an heir to her throne and goes out to a field of leaf pods, guarded by a laid-back slug named Mub (Aziz Ansari) and an uptight snail named Grub (Chris O'Dowd). Tara chooses the smallest pod as the heir. Immediately after she does so, the Boggans attack. Tara flees the area with the pod, and though her bodyguards do their best to protect her, they are soon overwhelmed by the sheer number of Boggans. Tara uses her magic to slow down her pursuers, and is at one point rescued by a flower child who idolizes her. Eventually, Ronin arrives for her and the pair fly off on Ronin's hummingbird mount. They are then attacked by Mandrake and his son Dagda (Blake Anderson). Dagda is killed by Ronin, but Tara is shot by Mandrake, and falls off Ronin's bird into the forest.

Meanwhile, M.K., annoyed at her father, decides to leave and leaves a note on one of his security monitors. Before she can leave, the family's one-eyed, three-legged dog, Ozzie, runs into the woods. While looking for Ozzie, M.K. sees Tara falling. A dying Tara gives her the pod and uses her magic to shrink her. She tells M.K. to take the pod to a Glowworm named Nim Galuu (Steven Tyler) before she dies. After meeting Ronin and the Leafmen, along with Mub and Grub, a confused and scared M.K. joins them. Ronin discovers that Nod has entered a race against other creatures and bugs on birds. He goes back on a deal with a tough bullfrog named Bufo (Pitbull). Before Bufo and his gypsy moth and scorpionfly goons can kill Nod, Ronin intervenes and orders the goons to leave. A reluctant Nod joins him, M.K., Mub, and Grub after hearing about Tara's death and falling for M.K.

They eventually find Nim Galuu, who is a showman and keeper of magic scrolls that tell what has occurred during the history of the forest, in a tree. After learning about Tara's death, he leads the group down to the scrolls, where M.K. discovers Tara's brief message before shrinking her, and a message that will get her back to normal size. When Ronin leaves, Nod takes M.K. on a enthralling deer ride, where they begin to fall in love with one another. Mandrake (to whom Bufo fearfully reveals the location of the pod, which he overheard from Ronin and Nod) arrives and kidnaps Mub and Grub and imprisons them, along with the pod, which he hopes to bloom in darkness to destroy the forest. To get into Boggan territory undiscovered, M.K., Nod, and Ronin set out to Bomba's house to get some disguises, where M.K. learns that her father is what the Leafmen call a "stomper" and have been leading Bomba off their trail. After getting the disguises, Ozzie (who earlier returns to Bomba's house) sees M.K. and chases her, catching Bomba's attention. He sees the group and catches M.K., but faints after seeing her. Before leaving, M.K. marks where the Leafmen territory is on one of Bomba's maps with a red push-pin.

When they reach the Boggan land, which is a wasteland of dead trees, Ronin distracts the Boggans while M.K. and Nod rescue Mub, Grub, and the pod. They are eventually found out by Mandrake, who summons the Boggans to stop them. M.K., Nod, Mub, and Grub escape alive, but Ronin sacrifices himself to ensure their escape. Before the full moon can sprout the pod at Moonhaven with moonlight, Mandrake's bats block the light, causing the pod to begin sprouting in darkness. When the Leafmen set out to fight the Boggans (with Grub unsuccessfully joining them) M.K. sets out to get her father for assistance, but an exasperated Bomba, after regaining consciousness, decides to give up on what he has been doing to find his daughter and shuts off all his cameras, believing that he didn't really see M.K. and that he's been insane all his years, but changes his mind when he sees the push-pin in his map.

After locating M.K., Bomba is overjoyed to see that he has been right and when he follows M.K. to Moonhaven, he (with his daughter's persuasion) uses his iPod to make bat sounds, causing the bats to follow Bomba. Meanwhile, Mub and Nim Galuu try to stop Mandrake from reaching the pod, but are unsuccessful. Just then, Ronin appears, bearing scars and bruises from Boggans. Mandrake manages to outdo him, but Ronin is defended by Nod, who earlier finally understands the importance of teamwork. Before Mandrake can obtain his victory, the moonlight takes over the pod before it blooms in darkness, causing it to bloom in light and Mandrake gets sucked into a tree. It also heals the forest after much damage from the Boggans.

The chosen heir is the flower child who idolized and saved Tara earlier in the film. Grub becomes a Leafman, Nod and Ronin reconcile, and Nod and M.K. hug and kiss and become a couple before M.K. is given back her original height by the new queen. After reuniting with Bomba and becoming his assistant, the reunited human family still keep regular contact with their new small friends (M.K. with her boyfriend Nod) as they continue the research of the world in their home.

Cast
Josh Hutcherson

Nod (voice)
Blake Anderson

Dagda (voice)
Aziz Ansari

Mub (voice)
Allison Bills

Dandelion Jinn (voice)
Jim Conroy

Race Announcer / Additional Voices (voice)
Todd Cummings

Fruit Fly (Old) (voice)
John DiMaggio

Pinecone Jinn (voice)
Troy Evans

Thistle Jinn (voice)
Colin Farrell

Ronin (voice)
Jason Fricchione

Bufo's Goon (voice)
Judah Friedlander

Taxi Driver (voice)
Helen Hong

Thistle Lady (voice)
Kelly Keaton

Berry Lady (voice)
Emma Kenney

Marigold Girl (voice)
Kyle Kinane

Biker Dude (voice)
Production
Director:Chris Wedge
Producer:James V. Hart (executive producer)
William Joyce (executive producer)
Jerry Davis (producer)
Lori Forte (producer)
Michael J. Travers (co-producer)
Writer:Tom J. Astle (screenplay) &)
Matt Ember (screenplay)
James V. Hart (story) &)
William Joyce (based on the book: "The Leaf Men and The Brave Good Bugs")
Daniel Shere (screenplay) &)
Chris Wedge (story)
Reviews for The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs
Richard Roeper.com
“The story is just OK”
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
In the new family friendly animated adventure EPIC there is certainly a sense of déjà vu. From FERNGULLY to AVATAR to LOTR and so much more, familiarity abounds in this fantastical tale of good and evil.
Read review24 May 2013
Groucho Reviews
Kids, when you get big, don't forget the little people. That could be the implicit message of all the animated pictures predicated on the tiny, from A Bug's Life to The Secret World of Arietty. Since they're used to looking up to others, kids relate to...
New York Post
They changed the title of this animated film from “Leafmen” to “Epic,” but the problem remains that it’s still about leaf men: tiny forest sprites in Robin Hood gear riding hummingbirds like stallions and firing arrows at one another.
Read review22 May 2013
Screen Jabber
Epic doesn't quite live up to its title. It's merely average, which seems to be par for the course from studio Blue Sky, the people behind such films as Rio, Robots and the Ice Age series.
Reviews for The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs
Richard Roeper.com
“The story is just OK”
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
In the new family friendly animated adventure EPIC there is certainly a sense of déjà vu. From FERNGULLY to AVATAR to LOTR and so much more, familiarity abounds in this fantastical tale of good and evil.
Read review24 May 2013
Groucho Reviews
Kids, when you get big, don't forget the little people. That could be the implicit message of all the animated pictures predicated on the tiny, from A Bug's Life to The Secret World of Arietty. Since they're used to looking up to others, kids relate to...
New York Post
They changed the title of this animated film from “Leafmen” to “Epic,” but the problem remains that it’s still about leaf men: tiny forest sprites in Robin Hood gear riding hummingbirds like stallions and firing arrows at one another.
Read review22 May 2013
Screen Jabber
Epic doesn't quite live up to its title. It's merely average, which seems to be par for the course from studio Blue Sky, the people behind such films as Rio, Robots and the Ice Age series.
Reel Views
Generic and forgettable - those are the two words that immediately come to mind to describe Chris Wedge's first solo outing as an animated feature film director. (With Carlos Saldanha, he created Ice Age).
Read review25 May 2013
ComingSoon.net
Actually, that's not true. No one liked "Ferngully." Which is probably why no one cared when prolific animator/illustrator William Joyce ("Robots," "Rise of the Guardians") developed an extremely similar plot for his children's book "The Leaf Men,"...
NorthShoreMovies.net
EPIC is the first of many animated offerings for youngsters to be offered this season. Though it takes a while to get going, it does turn into a charming film with several positive messages for kids, from female empowerment to protecting...
Read review24 May 2013
iHaveNet.com
The hopeful title of "Epic" suggests big things in a way that a more accurate title, such as "How to Train Your Hummingbird," would not. The animated result isn't bad. It's an adequate baby sitter. But where's the allure in telling the truth?...
Sacramento News & Review
A teenage girl (voice by Amanda Seyfried) goes to live in the woods with her eccentric father (Dan Green), who believes that tiny people protect the forest. When she magically shrinks to insect size, she finds out Dad was right, and joins forces with...
Read review23 May 2013
The A.V. Club
In the animated film Epic, forests are protected by legions of tiny soldiers, all but invisible to the naked eye. Small enough to ride hummingbirds, they are locked in an endless war with a race of equally tiny goblin-like creatures who want to destroy...
Read review23 May 2013
CinemaBlend.com
Since the rise of Pixar and DreamWorks Animation, moviegoers have come to embrace animation as a medium that can spawn some of the year's most exhilarating cinematic moments, and Best Picture nominations for movies like Up and Toy Story 3 only serve...
Entertainment Weekly
There's nothing terribly epic about Epic, which feels more familiar than momentous. It echoes forest-battle tropes from FernGully and Avatar and boasts a visual palette reminiscent of A Bug's Life. But what it lacks in uniqueness it makes up for with...
Read review23 May 2013
Shadows on the Wall
While engaging and consistently entertaining, this film is a mixed bag combining decent and exceptional animation, sparky and lazy characters and some rather wobbly plotting. But the action sequences have plenty of visual flair even if there's never a...
Read review12 May 2013
canada.com
According to scientific estimates, there are more than two million living creatures inhabiting every square metre of temperate rainforest, and every time you take a single step, you’re affecting the survival of 16,000 invertebrates.
Read review23 May 2013
SFX
Exploring the great outdoors seems romantic, until you’re faced with the reality of it: the bugs, the mud, and the rotting gunk you’ll almost certainly step in. In Epic, the green and pleasant side of nature is waging a war against the ickier side...
Read review21 May 2013
The Mercury
While its new-release rivals, Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University, employ comedy to engage with viewers of all ages, Epic is a straightforward, kids-only affair.
Read review2 Jul 2013
Flicks.co.nz
As long as you go to watch this with the understanding that it is a kid's film, you will be able to forgive the lack of a movie that will completely grip you.
Quickflix
While humans are obsessed with the global warming debate and to what extent we’ve impacted the environment, it turns out it has nothing to do with us at all. In Epic, the new animated feature from the creators of Ice Age, Mary Katherine...
Read review25 Jun 2013
Channel24
Much like The Croods before it, Epic was done no favours by a tremendously generic and unpromising trailer but with the added disadvantage of a title that is both grandiose and entirely non-descriptive.
Read review13 Jun 2013
MovieXclusive.com
Lush flora and fauna set the picturesque backdrop for most of Blue Sky Studios' 3D CG adventure Epic, which follows the ongoing war between the miniature Leaf Men, an elf-like race that thrives on nature’s life-giving force, and their grey-skinned...
TotalFilm.com
While Epic's neat little parcel contains considerably less singing (Beyoncé warbling over the end credits notwithstanding) and considerably more gastropod molluscs (or, y'know, slugs and snails), it aims for similar pint-sized thrills. Fitting, then, that
Read review21 May 2013
Cast
Josh Hutcherson...Nod (voice)
Blake Anderson...Dagda (voice)
Aziz Ansari...Mub (voice)
Allison Bills...Dandelion Jinn (voice)
Jim Conroy...Race Announcer / Additional Voices (voice)
Todd Cummings...Fruit Fly (Old) (voice)
John DiMaggio...Pinecone Jinn (voice)
Troy Evans...Thistle Jinn (voice)
Colin Farrell...Ronin (voice)
Jason Fricchione...Bufo's Goon (voice)
Judah Friedlander...Taxi Driver (voice)
Helen Hong...Thistle Lady (voice)
Kelly Keaton...Berry Lady (voice)
Emma Kenney...Marigold Girl (voice)
Kyle Kinane...Biker Dude (voice)
Jason Sudeikis...Bomba (voice)
Steven Tyler...Nim Galuu (voice)
Pitbull...Bufo (voice)
Christoph Waltz...Mandrake (voice)
Chris O'Dowd...Grub (voice)
Anthony Lumia...Fruit Fly (Young) (voice)
Malikha Mallette...Jinn Mom (voice)
Joe Massingill...Stickman Jockey (voice)
Edie Mirman...Flower Jinn (voice)
Rosa Salazar...Roller Derby Girl (voice)
Allison Weber...Flower Kid (voice)
Dan Green...Finn (voice)
Matt Adler...Additional Voices (voice)
Ashley Albert...Additional Voices (voice)
Stephen Apostolina...Additional Voices (voice)
Eric Bradley...Additional Voices (voice)
Jeremy Bowker...Additional Voices (voice)
Dennis T. Carnegie...Additional Voices (voice)
David Cowgill...Additional Voices (voice)
Randy Crenshaw...Additional Voices (voice)
Monique Donnelly...Additional Voices (voice)
Moosie Drier...Additional Voices (voice)
Roger Freeland...Additional Voices (voice)
Jackie Gonneau...Additional Voices (voice)
Bridget Hoffman...Additional Voices (voice)
E.J. Holowicki...Additional Voices (voice)
Rif Hutton...Additional Voices (voice)
Edie Lehmann...Additional Voices (voice)
Hope Levy...Additional Voices (voice)
Selenis Leyva...Additional Voices (voice)
Brian Scott McFadden...Additional Voices (voice)
Jake Moulton...Additional Voices (voice)
Eric Nelsen...Additional Voices (voice)
Bill New...Additional Voices (voice)
Dana Nielsen...Additional Voices (voice)
Jonathan Null...Additional Voices (voice)
Chris Phillips...Additional Voices (voice)
Lori Prince...Additional Voices (voice)
Peter Pamela Rose...Additional Voices (voice)
Michelle Ruff...Additional Voices (voice)
Christopher Scarabosio...Additional Voices (voice)
Jeff Smith...Additional Voices (voice)
John Storey...Additional Voices (voice)
Byron Thames...Additional Voices (voice)
Randy Thom...Additional Voices (voice)
Madeleine Whittle...Additional Voices (voice)
David Zyler...Additional Voices (voice)
Tom Wilson...Finn (voice)
Jason Harris...(voice) (uncredited)
Production
Director:Chris Wedge
Producer:James V. Hart (executive producer)
William Joyce (executive producer)
Jerry Davis (producer)
Lori Forte (producer)
Michael J. Travers (co-producer)
Writer:Tom J. Astle (screenplay) &)
Matt Ember (screenplay)
James V. Hart (story) &)
William Joyce (based on the book: "The Leaf Men and The Brave Good Bugs")
Daniel Shere (screenplay) &)
Chris Wedge (story)
Composer:Danny Elfman
Cinematographer:Renato Falcão
Editing:Andy Keir
Tim Nordquist (co-editor)
Casting:Christian Kaplan
Production Design:William Joyce
Greg Couch
Art Director:Michael Knapp
Set Decorator:Isaac Holze
Production Management:Mark Jacyszyn (associate production manager)
Angel G. Salinas (associate production manager)
Lisa Durr (associate production manager)
Lorry Ann Shea (associate production manager)
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