Passing over the easy jokes about whether or not Epic can live up to its name, this new fantasy-adventure from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age, Rio) tells the story of Mary Katherine (voice of Amanda Seyfried): a human teenager who’s magically shrunk to miniature size and joins a legion of tiny forest creatures in their battle against an evil force which threatens their world (and ours).

Seyfried is joined by an all-star voice cast that includes Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Colin Farrell (Dead Man Down) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) as the villain. Epic is based on the novel “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs,” as written by William Joyce (author of the source material for Rise of the Guardians), and is directed by Chris Wedge, who helmed the first Ice Age and Robots – not to mention, voices Scrat, the acorn-crazy prehistoric squirrel.

Watch the new international Epic trailer above, then check out the poster below:

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You’re probably already tired of hearing this, but Epic really does beg comparison to Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. That said, the animation is pleasantly bright and expressive, its 3D elements and action should be put to good use and this movie seems like an entertaining adventure and family-friendly experience foremost, a parable about taking care of our planet second (unlike Ferngully).

The Epic script is reportedly the work of four different screenwriters: Daniel Shere (George Lucas in Love), Tom Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart), and James V. Hart (Hook, Muppet Treasure Island). It’s usually not good when a movie requires input from so many, nor when a project spends quite so long in development (this one’s been gestating since 2006). Here’s to hoping the results here are better than on last month’s 3D animated offering Escape from Planet Earth.

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 Epic opens in U.S. theaters (2D and 3D) on May 24th, 2013.

Source: 20th Century Fox