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EPIC <span>[2D]</span> artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 102m 23s

Release date 22/05/2013

BBFCInsight Contains mild fantasy violence and threat

Genre(s) Animation, Fantasy

Director(s) Chris Wedge

Cast includes Amanda Seyfried (voice), Steven Tyler (voice), Beyonce Knowles (voice), Colin Farrell (voice), Christoph Waltz (voice)

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 12/05/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

EPIC is an animated fantasy adventure about a girl who is shrunk to fairy-size. She becomes involved in the battle to save a forest from the forces of decay. The film is rated U and contains mild fantasy violence and threat.

There are quite a few scenes of action violence, with the baddies and goodies facing off in battles. However, the violence is limited to arrows being fired and some clashes with tiny sticks and swords. There is no blood or injury detail. Most of the characters are fantasy creatures with super-human abilities and this reduces the impact and realism of any violence. The strongest scene shows a fairy character being shot with an arrow, which sticks in her side. There is no blood and the character's subsequent death simply sees her disintegrate into tiny particles of magic dust.

The moments of threat are brief and unlikely to upset young children. The baddie 'Boggan' characters are a bit creepy, with sharp teeth and outfits made out of rat skulls and skins. However, they are no scarier than the usual cartoon bad guys. In one scene, a good character is swarmed over by Boggans and left behind. We don't know what his fate is for some time, but he later reappears to join the fight and help save the forest. The scenes of mild fantasy violence and threat are well broken up by comic interludes.

There is infrequent very mild bad language, including a non-sexual use of the term 'jerk'.

U stands for Universal, which means that we think the film is suitable for audiences aged four or older.


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20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
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