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Stu and I saw Epic today and I really enjoyed it.

The story did feel disjointed at points, and there are some "how this world work" questions, but it had great characters, especially for female ones. I loved the queen and wished we could have seen more of her. (She got to be badass in a ball gown, that would be fun to cosplay) Also, the characters designs were terrific, I'm so glad I got the art book for this.

I do have to disagree with people that keep comparing it to Ferngully though. I get why that's the first to come to mind since both stories involve a human getting sunk and having to help save the forest with the little people that live there. Yet, I feel that's not really a fair comparison.

However, I would argue Epic feels much more like a fantasy movie than Ferngully (like Alice in Wonerland or the Wizard of Oz). To start with, the human turning tiny is not that unusual. There have been plenty of other stories that have done it, Ant Bully is the first to come to mind, Dot and Keeto, although I doubt anyone even knows what that one is. Heck even Alice did it.

The big difference is that Ferngully was more of an environmental film (with a very cheesy in your face environmental message). You could argue Epic had one too with showing how important the forest is, but it's not shoved in you face as often as Ferngully did.

Also, one big difference is that in Ferngully the main villain was powered by toxic fumes made by humans as well as the humans were also helping destroy the forest by cutting it down.

In Epic, the villain's main power is rot which is a natural part of nature. The villain just wants to upset the balance and destroy everything. Humans aren't even involve in his evil plans, and I'm rather glad cause that would have been too cliche.

Overall, Epic is a good movie. Best movie of the year? Probably not, but a good fantasy film with a good cast of characters. I would see this again.

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