Nigel is about to crash…into the grandest party as Blu, Jewel and friends return in “Rio 2.”
“Walking With Dinosaurs” (3D) is a CGI action adventure set in real epic environments that breathes to life the most glorious and realistic of the dinosaur era never before seen on the silverscreen.
From the creators of the “Ice Age” and “Rio” series, “Epic” follows a teenager MK (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) who is transported into a secret forest world then embroiled in a battle between good and evil and has to protect a special flower pod to save the forest where Queen Tara (Beyonce) reigns protected by the Leafmen.
“Epic’s” world, which unites the familiar and the fantastic, is a forest unlike any we’ve seen before: tiny seeds look like boulders; rocks are the size of spiky mountains; flowers are gigantic and complex; and a butterfly is a nothing short of a flying tapestry.
In this world, Wedge interweaves spectacular battle scenes with intimate and emotional character interactions, and seasons the tale with humor, fun and romance. While the film’s visual wonders breaks new ground in animated spectacle, realism, action and adventure, it is “Epic’s” characters and the actors who portray them that take center stage.
Beyonce loved voicing Queen Tara in the new children’s movie “Epic” — at least once she stopped crying. Queen B has gone from pop royalty to screen royalty, becoming the forest queen in an animated movie that she hopes her 15-month-old daughter Blue Ivy will be proud of one day.
The film was her first work since giving birth and she says her hormones were raging. “I literally had tears when I played the voice,” Beyonce told The Associated Press in an interview between concerts in London. “There was a scene where Queen Tara picks out her pod and I just imagined seeing my child.”
This role in “Epic” is not the superstar’s only brush with royalty of late. Her recent concert in London on her “Mrs. Carter Show” world tour, the singer inadvertently singled out Princess Eugenie in the crowd to sing with her. The 23-year-old is sixth in line for the British throne. Beyonce giggled as she revealed that she had no idea who Eugenie was.
“‘I didn’t know, and I still don’t know. Someone told me and I don’t know what’s going on, but I hope they had a great time and I hope I didn’t insult anyone, making them sing into the mic,” Beyonce said. “But you know royalty likes to have fun and have a good entertaining night.”
“I’m an artist and I love being able to express myself and I’m not one-dimensional,” she said. “I have different feelings every day and now that I’ve done movies I feel like I can try and recreate these characters on the stage.”
Beautiful, agile and strong, Tara isn’t just the Leafmen’s Queen; she’s the life force of the forest, which she presides over with respect, compassion and humor. Her unique connection with nature gives her additional and powerful allies. And when all hope seems lost, she summons help from the most surprising of places.
Tara is nothing less than the forest itself. She has a powerful connection with her land: flowers bloom and bend toward her, and leaves bow to Tara. “Tara is the heart of the forest, personified, and she’s beloved by her people, called the Jinn,” says Beyoncé.
Beyoncé agrees with Farrell that the film lives up to its grand title. “EPIC is about a massive battle between good and evil, set against a huge landscape you’ve never before experienced in a film,” she points out. “Everything in EPIC is big – the action, stakes, characters – but at the same time they’re all really relatable.”
Beyoncé found much to admire in Tara, beyond the character’s elegance, powers and royal position. “What I like most about Tara is that she sets a great example for the people she protects, and Tara is a role model for the younger characters.”
“Epic” (3D) opens May 24 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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The 3D animated adventure “Epic” will take audiences on an amazing and magical journey through a secret world of hilarious creatures, visually spectacular locations and incredible aerial battles. The ground-breaking, photo-real animation from the creators of “Ice Age” and “Rio” will make audiences wonder if this hidden world might really exist…perhaps even in their own backyard.
“Epic’ is introduced through the eyes of Mary Katherine (she prefers M.K.) voiced by Amanda Seyfried, a smart, spirited and headstrong 17-year-old who finds herself on the journey of a lifetime. After returning to her childhood home to connect with her estranged father, Professor Bomba, M.K. loses patience with his endless stories of unseen people who live in the woods. But when she is magically transported into the Leafmen’s world, she gains a new perspective. To find her way home, M.K. must do more than believe in this world; she’ll have to help save it.
Amanda Seyfried, the versatile and popular star of movies such as “Les Miserables” and “Mamma Mia,” portrays M.K., whom the actress describes as “strong-willed and disconnected from her father to the point where she thinks there’s no way she’s going to be able to even live with him.”
But M.K.’s incredible journey to a secret universe in her own backyard changes many things about her, not the least of which is her feelings about her dad. “She ultimately comes to believe in him,” says Seyfried. “He was right about so many things.”
The other man in M.K.’s life is a resident of this unseen realm, named Nod. Josh Hutcherson, who stars as the warrior Peeta Mallark in the blockbuster “The Hunger Games” trilogy, portrays Nod. Rakish and handsome, Nod is all about bucking the rules and flying solo. But his brazen individualism doesn’t square with the Leafmen’s ideals of teamwork and unity, so he quits the squad. After M.K. enters his world – and when the stakes are high – Nod discovers what it takes to be a true hero.
M.K. and Nod concurrently undergo transformative journeys, which bring them together, and which in turn trigger romantic fireworksthat are initially mixed with suspicion and resistance. Part of their attraction to one another stems from their feelings of being disconnected to anything else – M.K. by the circumstances of her unsuccessful reunion with her father, and Nod by his rebellious nature, which he directs mostly toward his father figure, the Leafmen’s leader, Ronin (Colin Farrel).
“Epic’ (3D) opens very soon this May 24 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox.
Well-loved music icon Steven Tyler gives voice to a very affable caterpillar character named Nim Galuu in the upcoming family adventure 3D movie “Epic.”
“EPIC” is a 3D CG adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. From the creators of” Ice Age” and “Rio,” “EPIC” tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl MK (Amanda Seyfried) finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world…and ours.
Having brought to life one of the most beloved and successful animated motion picture franchises, Ice Age, director Chris Wedge and his teams at Blue Sky Studios (of which Wedge is a co-founder) achieve new heights of realism, action, adventure and detail, with EPIC.
Very much on the side of the Leafmen – is NimGaluu (vocied by Tyler). Nim is the consummate party animal, but don’t let this larger than life caterpillar fool you – his wisdom and practical know-how make him a key behind-the-scenes player in the epic battle to save the forest.
Nim possesses a broad frame, six arms, four legs – and signature smoking jacket, whose pattern was inspired by butterfly wings. Portraying Nim is Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. At first glance, the choice of a rock and roll icon to essay the avuncular (though fun-loving) forest sage is unexpected, but Wedge notes that the idea to cast Tyler “just came to us and we ran with it. Listen to Steven’s voice; it has all the necessary texture for Nim, who like Steven is a fun character with lots of energy.”
For Tyler, the role reminded him of some his experiences as a youngster. “I grew up in the wilds of New Hampshire and I always thought there was something to be said for the quiet of the woods,” he explains. “At the same time, I was afraid of the woods, but I grew to love it. So I think EPIC is the perfect story to tell.”
“No matter what age, you’re bound to fall in love with Epic. With the wisdom of my character, Nim Galuu and the beauty of Beyonce as Queen Tara as well as the humour of Mub and Grub, EPIC is a film that has something for everyone.”
“Epic” (3D) opens May 24 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.