Epic

Epic

It took me a couple of minutes to place the tale, as Epic began. It has been quite a few years since my children were young enough to have me read the tale to them, however, as I heard the tiny soldiers refer to themselves as Leafmen, my memory of evenings with the William Joyce book suddenly snapped back into my brain. The Leafmen (and the Brave Good Bugs)! Of course! MK of Epic by Blue Sky The story is somewhat different than that wonderful children’s book, hence the new title: Epic. The story was in wonderful hands, however, since William Joyce not only co-authored the script, but was also the Executive Producer of the film. MK is a teen back from school, visiting her absent-minded, science obsessed, and possibly delusional father. Kudos to Blue Sky, by the way, for the female protagonist that doesn’t suck. MK soon finds herself in the middle of a battle between the good Leafmen, who protect the life force of the forest, and evil Boggens, who cause all the decay. MK, voiced by Amanda Seyfried, plays an integral part in the survival of the forest when the Forest Queen dies before the ceremony for the new Queen comes to pass. The Queen’s protector, Ronin, voiced by Colin Farrell is the ultimate chivalrous soldier and Nod, voiced by Josh Hutcherson, is his brash young student, who isn’t learning nearly quick enough to stay out of trouble. Luckily for MK, Nod starts getting his act together when she needs him most. Epic reminds me of a miniature Avatar in some ways. Many of the themes...
My Lucky Elephant

My Lucky Elephant

Every now and again, I have the pleasure to review a great little family film that tells an interesting story, and teaches kids something along the way. My Lucky Elephant is one of those films. My Lucky Elephant The film starts out by introducing us to a young boy who has lost his father, and a young elephant who has been separated from its family. The two of them cautiously get to know each other, and the boy trains the elephant to understand his directions. This is Thailand, and the boy knows that they have to work if they are going to survive. Over and over, the boy and his elephant are turned away as too small, until he finally doesn’t take no for an answer and he proves that he can work hard. Unfortunately, the Thai lumber industry hasn’t seen the Lorax, and soon there are no more trees to cut down in the area, so there is no longer any work. Once again the boy and his elephant, Lucky, have to move on to see if they can find some other type of work. Thailand has a tough economy with little support for orphaned kids. This film gives young children a bit of a taste for how hard it is in other countries when kids are on their own. Lucky escapes poachers in My Lucky Elephant We watch as Lucky and his friend are chased and harassed by police, drugged and attacked by poachers, and just try to stay alive in general. What everyone underestimates is the intelligence of Lucky and the deep friendship that has developed...

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