[[quoteright:326:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/OkayThen_3202.JPG]]
[[caption-width-right:326:Yeah, okay. That's pretty epic.]]

An animated fantasy adventure, based on Creator/WilliamJoyce's ''The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs''. The film features a teenage girl, Mary Katherine, who finds herself [[IncredibleShrinkingMan thrown into]] the world of the Leaf Men, protectors of the forest, and a battle "between the forces of good and evil". It is produced by Creator/BlueSkyStudios, and directed by [[WesternAnimation/IceAge Chris Wedge]].

The first trailer can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xu3JLXfuwQ here]], and the second [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tD5itOMWqg here.]]

Now with [[Characters/{{Epic}} character sheet]]!
----
!!''Epic'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ThreeDMovie
* AdaptationExpansion[=/=]InNameOnly: Probably the loosest adaptation of a Joyce work to date.
* AllJustADream: Averted. MK just really, really wishes it was.
* AnAesop: "[[YouAreNotAlone Many leaves. One tree.]]"
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:The Leafmen's queen dies, Mandrake's son dies, a Boggan is seen falling down onto a car windshield and is just wiped off like a swatted fly, and who ''knows'' how many more sacrificed their lives in this battle.]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: What the good vs. evil element can seem like. The rot-loving Boggans are the bad guys, despite the fact decay is just as much a part of nature as growth is.
** Mub and Grub are portrayed with teeth on the inside of the mouth and a human-like tongue. Mollusk jaws are nothing like that at all. Instead, a tongue-like organ called the radula (which is covered with teeth) is used to cut food. Putting their teeth on their tongue would be more realistic.
* AscendedFanboy: [[spoiler:The flower kid, who idolized Queen Tara and wanted to be just like her, is chosen to be her heir when the pod blooms under the full moon.]]
** [[spoiler: Grub also joins the ranks of the Leafmen by the end of the film.]]
* BadassArmy: The Leafmen, being incredibly structured and full of competent warriors.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Between the forces of the forest (good) and the forces of rot (evil).
* BatScare: To MK.
* BatOutOfHell: The Boggans' favorite mammals.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: The Boggans are ugly, and the animals they use as mounts (bats, grackles, and a star-nosed mole) are ones that are generally disliked by humans. Whereas the Leafmen are all good-looking, and ride hummingbirds.
** Averted with the mouse, who is adorable, and yet is violent towards the smaller leafmen, which it sees as food.
* BillingDisplacement: Amanda Seyfried is billed third despite voicing the main character.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality:All Boggans are all evil, the Leafmen are all good.
* BlackComedy: The fruit fly scene.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Queen Tara is shot by an arrow from a Boggan soldier, and is the first important character to die on screen.]]
* BodyGuardCrush: Ronin's strongly implied to have feelings for Tara, and she possibly returns. Then again they were [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friends,]] so...
* BowAndSwordInAccord: Some of the Leafmen.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The Leafmen refer to average-sized humans as "Stompers."
* TheCastShowoff: Steven Tyler of {{Aerosmith}} gets to sing as Nim, but averted with Beyonce as Tara and Pitbull as Bufo.
* CassandraTruth: MK doesn't believe her father's theory that there are Leafmen who live in the forest, and states that his marriage and career were (understandably) ruined because of it. At least until she gets shrunken down to size to see them for herself.
* ChekhovsGun: The bat sounds MK's father keeps on his phone.
** The pinned bug armor that's on display.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:The flower kid who wants to be like Queen Tara. Guess what happens...]]
* CloseOnTitle: The title never appears at all in the movie until just before the credits roll.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: The rich greens and golds of the forest (the use of yellow contributing to the 'warmness'), versus the cold colour palette and mud-browns of Mandrake and his allies. Also, the brightness of the forest, compared to the relatively subdued colours used in the house.
* CoolVersusAwesome: Samurai (the Leafmen) vs. [[MixAndMatchCritters shark-frog-men]] (the Boggans).
%% CreepyCrows: The Boggans ride grackles, not crows.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: MK's deceased mother had brown hair and brown eyes
* DarkIsEvil
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than Creator/BlueSkyStudios' [[WesternAnimation/{{Robots}} other]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Rio}} films]]. As Blue Sky stuck mainly with comedies, this is their first film where the action is pushed to the forefront. Characters die, and a few have major daddy issues.
* DeadStarWalking: [[spoiler: Gee, you thought Queen Tara (voiced by Beyonce) is going to do a lot of ass-kicking throughout the whole movie except that she dies and gives the MacGuffin to MK. This also goes the same with Dagda who gets killed by Ronin earlier in the movie.]]
* DeadlyDodging: Ronin dodges a shot from Dagda [[spoiler:and kills him in return]], but [[spoiler:this allows Mandrake's shot to hit the queen as a result]].
* DeathAsComedy: The Fruit Fly scene.
* DisappearedDad: Played with. Professor Bomba's single-minded focus on finding the Leafmen caused his wife to leave with his child. But when she returns at age 17, he does a terrible job of bonding with her because he has been alone so long with only a dog for company that he can't shake free of his obsession. When he finally does, it's when she's realized he was right all along.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted. It's set up with Mandrake, but thanks to the SquareCubeLaw a long fall just annoys him.
* DudeNotFunny: In-universe. MK doesn't like how Nod and [[OutOfCharacterMoment Ronin]] are making fun of stompers, particularly her dad who is sitting beside them and saddened of his daughter's departure. Then, she blatantly points out that she is also a stomper.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Despite criticizing and making fun of him in their first scene together, Mandrake ''does'' genuinely care for his son Dagda and seems to have a good enough relationship with him in later scenes. He is also ''very'' angry when Bufo insults him, [[spoiler: especially because at that point Dagda is dead]].
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: The Leafmen's armor seems to draw a lot of inspiration from the samurai. Referenced with Ronin's name.
** Not to mention his UsefulNotes/DateMasamune helmet.
** They also wield wakazashi, the companion sword for katana.
* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: It's not made explicit, but it's pretty clear if Mandrake stops a new queen from being crowned, the forest wouldn't be able to come back from him rotting it.
* TheFairFolk: The Leafmen, while not malicious, are heavily influenced by them. Chris Wedge's motivation to make the film came from seeing a museum painting of tiny fairy folk in a forest.
* FailedASpotCheck: See "Gave Up Too Soon."
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Mandrake complains that no matter how much they destroy, Queen Tara can regrow it all back with a wave of her hand. Of course, if she were gone and had no successor...
* FantasyForbiddingFather: An interesting inversion: MK wants her dad to abandon his obsession with the Leafmen because it cost him both his marriage and career, and is currently threatening the already tenuous relationship MK is trying to restart with him.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Mandrake.
* FeatheredFiend: The grackle mounts ridden by Mandrake and his warriors.
* FiveStagesOfGrief: MK mentioned going through this early in the movie, and her father seems to be firmly planted in denial. [[spoiler: And while it's not focused on in the movie, it could possibly hinted that both her and her father will go through it. Together.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A flower kid idolizes Queen Tara and dreams of becoming queen like her. [[spoiler: She becomes the one to succeed Tara at the end of the film.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Why exactly are the Boggans trying to destroy the forest? They'll have to live there too afterwards.
* FurryConfusion: Some of the animals (like Mub and Bufo) and plants (like the dandilions) can talk and interact like humans but others (like the mouse and birds) can only interact as animals of comparable size to humans would.
* GardenGarment: All the leaf men Queen Tara wear clothes made of leaves or petals.
* GaveUpTooSoon: Just when Professor Bomba's recording equipment would have been useful (tiny MK needed him and his iPhone), he starts disconnecting them. Fortunately, he finds the needle MK moved on his map to indicate the Leafmen lair.
* GiantFlyer: ALL birds from Leafman perspective, but in particular the hummingbirds and grackles which are actually used as mounts.
* HollywoodNewEngland: The film takes place in the deciduous forests of either Connecticut or New York, Blue Sky Studios' current and former base of headquarters. During the end credits, we see memorabilia from both those states, as well as a few others in New England, like Vermont.
** The cab from the beginning has a New York license plate and the college MK's dad works at is in NY as well, so there's a strong likelihood that it's New York. Additionally, MK's dad drops a mug labeled "White Plains Science Fair," and White Plains is in New York.
** Though there is a strong likelihood of Connecticut as well, seeing as MK's dad has a driver's license from Danbury, CT.
* InASingleBound: Leafmen (and by extension all miniature people) can jump many times their own height. Once turned into one of them, MK finds she can do this, too, after a little practice.
* [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Incredible Shrinking Girl]]: Done to MK.
* InSeriesNickname: Apparently, "MK" for Mary Katherine.
* InstantExpert: Averted and played straight. MK learns that she can fall great distances and leap super high, but throughout the film, never gets the hang of it, and pretty much every time she uses it, she misses her target. However, she learned to fly birds without needing any instructions (which could be handwaved since the birds are shown to be smart and well-trained and might only need basic guidance).
* InsultFriendlyFire: Nod and Ronin mock Stompers for a little while in front of MK, who just happens to be a Stomper. Not made better by the fact that the Stomper they were mocking was her father.
* InterspeciesRomance: MK and Nod, and MK and Mub on Mub's part.
* IronicEcho: "Ozzy! No kisses."
* JustOneSecondOutOfSync: The tiny inhabitants of the forest are hard for humans to see because they exist in a state where they naturally move faster than larger animals, humans included. Seen from MK's perspective, Queen Tara is vibrating so fast that she leaves after-images even when she's not actually moving.
** [[DidTheResearch Which, according to the theory of relativity,]] [[YearInsideHourOutside could happen]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The leafmen use wakazashi, the shorter brother of the katana.
* KillerRabbit: Small creatures like mice for the Leafmen and presumably others like them. Also chipmunks, apparently.
* LightIsGood: Played straight.
* LikeASonToMe: It's implied Ronin might be growing to see Nod this way, but their mutual stubbornness gets in the way. Only reinforced by the fact that Nod's father was good friends with Ronin.
* {{Lilliputians}}
** LilliputianWarriors: The Leafmen and the Boggans.
* {{Lunacy}}: The light of the moon at its highest point in a hundred years will cause the pod to bloom into Tara's successor. [[spoiler:And lack of it will cause it to bloom into Mandrake's successor.]]
* MouseWorld: The forest. Bonus points for an actual mouse showing up... and [[RealityEnsues trying to eat MK]].
* TheMarvelousDeer: Used for a romantic scene in which MK and Nod ride it against a setting sun.
* MauveShirt: Ronin's second in command with the beard is the most identifiable Leafman outside of the main cast who leads the troops and has a few lines of dialogue. On the Villain's side there's the fat and skinny pair of guards who chase the heroes later in the film and can usually be fighting with one another.
* MeaningfulEcho: ''"Put your arms around me..."''
* MenOfSherwood: The Leafmen have no chance against the BigBad, but against the Boggan army they are very effective even against poor numbers.
* MissingMom: MK moves in with her father because her mother passed away. It becomes the source of where most of MK's and her dad's dramatic moments come from.
* MissingTrailerScene: Nod dangling from Mub's eyestalks after dangling from the branch. Also, Mandrake's line "I'm going to destroy the forest - watch carefully, because I'm only going to do it once."
* MixAndMatchCritters: The Boggan {{Mook}}s look like a cross between frogs and sharks. Mandrake and his son, however, look more cat- and human- like.
* MoodWhiplash:
** Nim starts to sing an upbeat song to the people gathered in the tree, reading from a scroll like a script, then chokes when he realizes that the [[spoiler:queen is dead]].
** MK and Nod come back from a romantic ride on a deer - only to realize that [[spoiler:while they were gone, Mandrake kidnapped Mub, Grub, and the pod.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Mandrake, which otherwise refers to a magical plant that emitted a deadly scream upon being picked and the leaves of which were poison.
* NemeanSkinning: The Boggans.
--> ''"You look good in rat."''
* OhCrap: MK, when she realises it's not AllJustADream:
-->'''MK:''' ... Dad? I had the most messed-up dream. There were talking slugs, and teeny little soldiers and-
-->'''Grub:''' Helloo!
-->'''MK:''' Aw, ''man''.
** Bufo when he realizes the "idiot general" he insulted was [[spoiler: ''[[ItsPersonal Mandrake's son.]]'']]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Given Queen Tara's held her position for a century, both she and Ronin (on account of being childhood friends) look very good for beings which have not only lived a century but, due to their heightened speed, must actually experience that period of time as being at least twice as long as it is for humans.
* OmnicidalManiac: Mandrake wants to rot the entire forest for no apparent reason, other than that the forces of life are his enemies.
* OneManArmy: Ronin. All the way. Mandrake had his army prepared for hundreds of leafmen, thousands of leafmen, and Ronin still fought through them to get to him.
* PassingTheTorch: The life of the forest has to do this every hundred years. The film opens on the very day Queen Tara is to choose her heir.
* PimpedOutDress: Queen Tara's gorgeous petal dress. In fact, it actually seems to come as a package deal with being queen. When a new one is crowned, she magically gets a similar dress.
* PlantPerson: The plant-based Jinn.
* ProductPlacement: Bomba has a library of animal and nature sounds kept on a 4th gen iPod Touch.
* TheSwarm: Of bats that Mandrake summons to [[spoiler:block out the moon.]]
* ReadingsAreOffTheScale: Bomba says this in one scene.
* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler: Queen Tara is on her last day of being in charge. When she's picking her replacement, the villains show up, and [[WeHardlyKnewYe well...]]]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Both Tara and Mandrake, although the latter is a villainous example.
* SceneryPorn
* SimpleStaff: Another Leafmen weapon of choice.
* ShoutOut:
** Professor Bomba's phone uses [[{{Terminator}} Skynet]].
** The Taxi Cab at the beginning comes from a Taxi service called [[WesternAnimation/{{Robots}} Copperbottom]].
** And Ronin's helmet is a replica of UsefulNotes/DateMasamune's.
* SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset: The Boggans wear the skulls and skins of their victims.
* SquareCubeLaw: A rare example of the small-scale side of the coin; this is why Leafmen and Boggans [[PintsizedPowerhouse are so strong]] and [[InASingleBound can jump so far]].
* SundialWaypoint: The cast has to get the pod to the pool in the Leafmen base, where light from the moon at its highest point over a century will shine on it and it will bloom and pass on the life of the forest to Queen Tara's successor. [[spoiler:If the pod blooms in darkness, it will bloom into Mandrake's heir.]]
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Tara's final words to MK, which she couldn't hear at the time, are seen later in a mystical "flashback" created by one of Nim Galuu's barkscrolls. Tara starts off by saying (paraphrased) "If you're hearing this, it means you made it to Nim's," and anticipates what MK's reaction will be.
* TheTeam - Nearly a FiveManBand, but TheBigGuy is a [[TheDividual Dividual]]
** TheChick: MK, a rare combination with TheProtagonist
** TheLeader: Ronin
** TheLancer: Nod
** ThoseTwoGuys / TheBigGuy: Mub and Grub, BigFun variety as comic relief characters
** TheSmartGuy: Nim Galuu
* TooDumbToLive: Nim. He has the MacGuffin that the bad guys are searching all over for, and what does he do? He holds it up to the crowd that's gathered at his tree, and tells each and every one of them exactly how important it is. And then, he sends out his fireflies to broadcast not just to the people he want's to get in touch with, but to the entire forest, that the MacGuffin is right here, and poorly guarded, could you please send reinforcements?
** Not to mention half of the team charged with guarding it not keeping a very close eye on it while they're in the tree, and leaving it to the slugs.
* TouchOfDeath: The Boggans' weapons can deteriorate anything they touch. Mandrake's staff is much more potent, able to fell an entire tree with one swing.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Mub and Grub.
** ThoseTwoBadGuys: The large boggan guard and his incredibly thin cohort.
* {{Troperrific}}: [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/Epic-animated-2013 In the words of reviewer Matt Zoller Seitz]]:
-->"There's a protagonist grieving over [[MissingMom her mother's recent death]], and [[GeniusDitz a brilliant but scatterbrained]] [[BumblingDad father who loves his child but isn't the strong parental figure she desperately needs]]. There's a hidden world akin to Alice's Wonderland that the inquisitive heroine explores. There are beleaguered good guys that she joins in a war against bad guys that represent chaos and decay; their leader is a funny despot with a European accent. There's a mythology that will be fulfilled when good guys take a fragile pod on a journey toward a prophesied end. There's a young warrior with whom the heroine forms a flirtatious friendship. There's a tough older warrior who mentors the younger warrior. There are comic sidekicks, and a beautiful forest queen who utters platitudes about the cycles of life [[spoiler:and then dies]]."
* WellDoneSonGuy: It first seems like this when it's revealed that Mandrake is Dadga's father, but it's averted in the next second.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Tara and Dagda, the latter even more so as he dies offscreen.]]
* WildWilderness: The forest.
* WorldHealingWave: [[spoiler:After the pod blooms in full moonlight.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy:
-->'''M.K.:''' So, is Nim Galu the WiseOldMan of the forest?\\
'''Nod:''' He's more like the crazy uncle.
* XMeetsY: ''WesternAnimation/FernGully'' meets ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. A comparison the director isn't fond of.
-->'''Chris Wedge:''' I hate to associate it with other movies. It is adventure on the scale of Star Wars. And it does immerse the audience completely in a world like Avatar. But it has its own personality.
** It could also be seen as ''TheSpiderwickChronicles'' meets ''HoneyIShrunkTheKids''.
* YouKilledMyFather: Mandrake's reasoning in taking the pod; a Leafman warrior ''did'' [[spoiler:kill his son]]. (Of course, it's not really justified as Mandrake struck first, and he was going to take the pod anyway.)
* [[YouKnowImBlackRight You Know I'm A Stomper, Right?]]: Nod's mockery of the 'Stomper' that they have been misleading for years did not go over well with MK.
----