Epic (available on Blu-ray/DVD) is an animated family adventure that reveals a fantastical world hidden from the human eye. In the forest, there is 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 (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with the Leafmen, led by Ronin (voiced by Colin Farrell), and a cast of odd-ball characters, who must work together to save both their world and ours. From Ice Age director Chris Wedge, the film also features the voices of Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Chris O’Dowd, Jason Sudeikis, Aziz Ansari and Armando “Pitbull” Pérez.
With award season in full swing, Epic has picked up five Annie Awards nominations, including directing for Chris Wedge. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Wedge talked about how it took much longer for Epic to get to theaters than he had expected, that it took awhile to get a green light because it was different from what people had come to expect from him, what finally got him the production go-ahead, how even though it’s arbitrary to put out prizes for art, he still loves the Academy Award he has on a shelf (he won Best Short Film, Animated for Bunny in 1999), what he thinks it would take for an animated feature to win Best Picture, and how he likes going to see all of the other animated features. He also talked about the live-action/animation hybrid film about Monster Trucks that he’s currently developing, and that’s expected to be done in about a year, and the goals they have at Blue Sky Studios. Check out what he had to say after the jump.