“Epic,” the new animated film from Fox Animation’s Blue Sky Studios (“Ice Age,” “Rio”) was almost a Pixar project. On one hand, you have to wonder how much better it would be had that happened. “Epic” is a good, solid effort, but it’s missing the emotional element so effective in the Pixar wizards’ hands (the awful “Cars 2” and, to a lesser extent, “Brave’s” tenuous treacle notwithstanding).
But let’s evaluate “Epic” for what it is, not what it’s not: It’s funny, exciting, beautiful to look at and, unfortunately, so very familiar and unsurprising.
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