Wedge's initial inspiration for EPIC came when he and noted author William Joyce attended an art exhibition of 100-year-old paintings that depicted intricate realms existing in the woods. "The paintings had magical notions of tiny civilizations living in the trees and bushes," Wedge recalls. "They looked like magnificent worlds, and I thought there had to be a movie here."
As Wedge completed work on his acclaimed animated feature "Robots," ideas for a film about an unseen universe continued to percolate.
Blue Sky Studios' cutting-edge animation was the perfect fit to bring EPIC alive. "Some places you can't go any other way but animation," Wedge explains. "We had been developing our artistic and technical capabilities, and we now had the ability to create entire worlds based in nature. I thought I could immerse audiences -- visually, intellectually and emotionally -- in a realm we could experience only through animation."
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.
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