A Sneak Peek at Blue Sky’s Epic
Based on Chris’ presentation and the few clips we were shown, this indeed is a big departure from Blue Sky’s previous films, not just in story but in visual design and style. Though we saw glimpses of the type of humor we expect from a Blue Sky film, Epic isn’t a whimsical or “cutesy” family tale. From Waltz’s stilted Teutonic accent to the barbs of his comments, his subtle performance gives Mandrake, as well as the story, a very real sense of danger. Fresh from his Oscar®-winning performance in Django, Waltz is a perfect villain. Chris has put his talents to good use.
Though the characters are, for the most part, extremely small, don’t be fooled. The scale of their worlds, the spectacle of their ceremonies and the enormity of their battles truly make this action-packed story an “epic” adventure.
Dan Sarto is editor-in-chief and publisher of Animation World Network.