Credit is due to Blue Sky Studios, who have always sided on the lighter, funnier side of the family animated feature. It took some nerve to do something like Epic, which is much more cinematic and straight-faced than previous work like Rio and Robots.
Rio is by all accounts a very traditional animated feature. We get likable stars in the form of cute animals, a few big musical numbers, stories centered around friendship and true love, and even a menacing villain or two. Although the film doesn’t stray too far off the path of what we’ve seen (many) times [...]