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The Epic Animals Epic Movie
Theepicanimalsepicmovie
Theatrical release poster
Directed By IAmBagel
Written By IAmBagel
Ralf Hat
BaconMahBoi
Mrs Chanandler Bong
Starring Keith Ferguson
Crispin Freeman
Laura Bailey
Liam Neeson
Music By Mark Mothersbaugh
Production Company Kingson Films
Distributed By Paramount Pictures
Release Dates July 3, 2002
Running Time 95 minutes
Budget $30 million
Box Office $180,560,273
Country United States of America
Language English
The Epic Animals Epic Movie is a 2002 animated action comedy/drama film based off of the animated television series The Epic Animals. The film centers around titular trio being thrusted into an alternate future where an villainous version of Catnip rules over Earth. With their friendship on the verge of a breakdown, the trio attempt to piece together what happened that lead to Catnip's eventual downfall and attempt to rewrite history, while also questioning what it truly means to be a hero.

Kingson originally offered IAmBagel to make a film based off the series when the series third season primered in Summer 2000. While skeptical about the idea at first, he eventually gave in and the film started production in December of that year. Knowing that the typical plotline and style of the television show would not work at all in a feature production, IAmBagel and Ralf Hat conceived a plotline that tested the ideals and ideas that the television show stood for, including the gang's friendship and their endless quest for approval and heroism.

The film was released on July 3, 2002, to generally favorable reviews, with critics praising its storyline, character development and being true to the spirit of the television series while also presenting a new spin on it. The film made its network premiere on Kingson on May 25, 2003, with the premiere garnering over 6 million viewers.

Summary

The Epic Animals have been doing the same exact shtick for years: attempt to defeat a villain, fail, rinse and repeat. This begins to upset the trio, mostly Catnip, who feels as if he isn't suitable to be a hero. As their friendship begins to take a toll, Illinois is suddenly attacked by a robotic, futuristic army, who is led by a seeming older, robotic version of Catnip. Through unforeseen circumstances, the trio end up in the future after the invasion, where Catnip has complete control over Illinois, effectively making him a supervillain. Confused and angry by these events, the trio attempt to piece together what caused Catnip's downfall, reverse it and escape this future, but as the trio's friendship begins to fail, so does their quest.

Plot

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In the far-off year of 2069, we see a cloaked figure strolling through a massive, technologically advanced laboratory. He enters a room where we see various hooded figures at work, typing away on a large console. The cloaked figure asks the hooded figures if the device is ready, to which they all nod. Smirking, the figure places a purple gem inside a hole in the console's control panel, which causes the entire setting to violently shake. As the shaking stops, a large, green portal appears in front of the building. The cloaked man orders the hooded figures to "send the fleet" into the portal, and they begin to erratically scurry out of the room and enter multiple spaceships, flying into the portal. Laughing, the cloaked man presses a button on the console which converts the building he is in into a spaceship, and flies into the portal.

In the present day, the city of Illinois, Wisconsin, known for it's superhero and supervillain activity, is under threat when the villains of the city enact a plan to detonate a bomb in the middle of the city. Coming to the city's aid to stop them, unfortunately, is a trio of infamous superhero wannabes known as The Epic Animals. The villains are unimpressed by their adversaries, as they have been known to fail every attempt they make at saving the city. Nevertheless, the trio enact their plan to take down the villains, but, as usual, fail quite horribly. As the more competent heroes of Illinois arrive and take them down, the trio sulk back to their base in defeat.

Cast

Production

Development

As the series itself began to grow in popularity during 1999 and 2000, Paramount Pictures took notice and began negotiating with Kingson executives about a possible theatrical film based on the series. While the two initially agreed on the film idea, the production crew behind the show itself was skeptical, feeling that the show's style would not work well for a 90-minute film. After further negotiations, however, IAmBagel and the rest of the crew eventually agreed to make the film in December 2000.

Despite the film being placed into production, the crew was at a loss of what to do concerning the plot and themes, citing that the show's overly silly comedic themes would not work well in a full-length film intended for multiple audiences, including fans of the show. Wanting to do something bigger and overall more serious, IAmBagel and Ralf Hat began work on a story that tests the limits of the trio's friendship and what they think heroism truly means. Despite wanting to do a more serious storyline, IAmBagel still wanted comedy to be a strong focus and found several ways to keep the show's comedy style into the film without distracting it from the plot.

In December of 2000, Paramount set the film for a March 29, 2002 release, but later pushed it to May 24, 2002, as they felt the film was more akin to a summer blockbuster and would therefore be more successful in that release span. After the 9/11 attacks occurred, the crew was forced to re-write and re-animate the final act of the film, which caused Paramount to push it once more to a July 3, 2002 release.

Animation

Cast

Marketing

A teaser trailer was released in November 2001 and was shown in front of films such as Monsters, Inc., Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Jimmy Neutron: Boy GeniusThe official trailer was released in March 2002 and was shown in front of films such as Ice Age and Star Wars Episode ll: Attack of the Clones.

Prior to release, Paramount excessively promoted the film, which included merchandise from the film (clothing, toys, etc), tie-in promotions with certain restaurants and stores, as well as a video game released on several major consoles.

Soundtrack

The Epic Animals Epic Movie Epic Soundtrack: Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture

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Soundtrack album by Mark Mothersbaugh
Released July 2, 2002
Recorded 2001-2002
Genre Film soundtrack, film score
Label Interscope Records
Producer Mark Mothersbaugh, IAmBagel

A soundtrack containing songs from the film and the film's musical score titled The Epic Animals Epic Movie Epic Soundtrack: Music From and Inspired By the Movie was released on July 2, 2002, one day before the film was released in theaters. The film's musical score (tracks 8-28) was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh, the same composer of the television series. The musical score combines the jazz/techno from the original series with orchestrated and grand themes most commonly heard in superhero films. The first two tracks of the album are the only songs actually featured in the film itself (One Little Victory being the end credits theme and Holding Out for a Hero playing during the final battle).

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. One Little Victory Rush 5:08
2. Holding Out for a Hero Bonnie Tyler 4:45
3. Got To Do It Andrew W.K. 3:55
4. Optimistic Radiohead 5:16
5.
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7.
Score
8. Epic Suite Mark Mothersbaugh 2:18
9. Failure 3:01
10. The Fight 1:18
11. Invasion 2:48
12. The Potral 1:09
13. Welcome to the Future 1:26
14. Future Selves 1:53
15. What Happened That Day 2:51
16. Destiny 1:33
17. Recruiting Heroes & Villains 3:03
18. He's Coming Hard 1:02
19. City Destruction 3:39
20. Base Infiltration 2:06
21. That Backfired Horribly 1:57
22. Left Behind 2:05
23. Confrontation 2:20
24. Escaping the Future 2:17
25. Back to Illinois 1:02
26. True Heroes 4:03
27. Fighting the Future/It's Not Too Late 5:12
28. Hug it Out 2:34

Release

The film made it's world premiere on June 29, 2002, at the TCL Chinese Theatre. The film was released in the United States and Canada on July 3, 2002, opening alongside the highly anticipated sci-fi comedy Men in Black II, sports comedy Like Mike, and fellow television show adaption The Powerpuff Girls Movie.

Box Office

Box office pundits expected the film to gross $20-25 million on opening weekend and $35 million overall from it's Wednesday launch, but proved to exceed expectations in the following days. The film grossed $8,996,998 on it's opening day with a $3,048 per theater average, debuting at #2 behind Men in Black II, as well as setting a record for the biggest opening day for an American animated film based on a television series (which would be surpassed in 2004 by The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie). The film grossed $30,914,540 on its opening weekend, being released in 3,052 theaters, leaving it #2 during the weekend behind Men in Black ll. The film grossed $119,657,394 in North America and $60,902,879 in other countries, with a total gross of $180,560,273 worldwide, which made it the highest-grossing animated film based on a television series until it was surpassed in 2007 by The Simpsons Movie.

Critical Reception

The Epic Animals Epic Movie received positive reviews from critics. Based on 101 reviews, the film holds a 81% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus stating "While it somewhat differs from the television series, The Epic Animals Epic Movie still delivers family-oriented fun while also showing more depth and emotion to it's already well-known characters". It holds a score of 68% on Metacritic, indicating "Generally favorable reviews. It holds a 6.9 on the Internet Movie Database. Fan reception has been more mixed than positive, however, with many criticizing the film for abandoning the superhero satire and parody in favor of a character-driven dramatic storyline.

Home media

The film was released onto VHS and DVD on November 19, 2002 in both wide-screen and full-screen formats by Paramount Home Entertainment. The DVD includes various special features, such as an 20-minute behind the scenes featurette entitled The Epic Story Behind The Epic Animals Epic Movie, featuring interviews with the principal cast and crew. It was re-released onto Blu-ray on January 8, 2013.

Awards and Nominations

Real-Life Nominations

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2003
2003 Annie Awards
Best Animated Feature
Nominated
Music in a Feature Production
Mark Mothersbaugh Nominated
2003
2003 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
Favorite Movie
Nominated
Choiceawardfilml Congratulations!
The Epic Animals Epic Movie has won the title
of "Best Movie" during the 2014
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International Information

Country Release date Rating Gross
United States of America July 3, 2002 PG (for action violence and rude humor) $119,657,394
Canada July 3, 2002 PG (most territories), G (Quebec) TBA
France July 10, 2002 U TBA
Germany July 11, 2002 6 TBA
Austria July 11, 2002 6+ TBA
Switzerland July 11, 2002 6 TBA
New Zealand July 12, 2002 PG TBA
Sweden July 12, 2002 Btl TBA
United Kingdom July 19, 2002 PG (for mild threat and scary scenes) £7,623,068 ($12,045,998)
Ireland July 19, 2002 G (very mild rude humor and some scary scenes) £7,623,068 ($12,045,998) (Shared with U.K)
South Africa July 19, 2002 PGl TBA
Mexico July 19, 2002 A Mex$5,040,588 ($5,127,917)
Chile July 19, 2002 TE TBA
Brazil July 19, 2002 L TBA
Spain July 19, 2002 7 TBA
Taiwan July 19, 2002 6+ TBA
Thailand July 19, 2002 G TBA
Poland July 19, 2002 N/A TBA
Venezuela July 19, 2002 B TBA
Greece July 19, 2002 Unrestricted TBA
Russia July 19, 2002 6+ TBA
Netherlands July 19, 2002 6 €2,549,725 ($2,515,018)
Bulgaria July 19, 2002 A TBA
Malaysia July 26, 2002 U TBA
Peru July 26, 2002 Apt. TBA
Norway July 26, 2002 7 TBA
Hungary July 26, 2002 6 TBA
Italy July 26, 2002 T TBA
Philippines July 26, 2002 G TBA
Turkey July 26, 2002 7+ TBA
India August 2, 2002 U TBA
Finland August 2, 2002 7 TBA
Indonesia August 2, 2002 SU TBA
Denmark August 9, 2002 7 TBA
Colombia August 16, 2002 N/A TBA
Iceland August 16, 2002 6 TBA
Belgium August 21, 2002 CAT.1 TBA
South Korea September 6, 2002 All TBA
Australia October 3, 2002 PG (for mild animated violence and peril and mild themes) AU$9,141,572 ($5,016,778)
Japan November 2, 2002 G TBA

Trivia

  • The film was originally scheduled for release on March 29, 2002, but was later rescheduled to June 7, 2002, as Paramount believed the film would be more successful if it switched to a summer release date. It then switched to July 3, 2002, as the animation and writing crew were forced to scrap the final 20 minutes of the film due to the September 11 attacks.
  • Although the series was mostly very comical, the film has a bigger emphasis on action and more dramatic elements, and features a much darker storyline than anything previously seen on the show. 
  • The entire climax of the film had to be re-written and reanimated due to the September 11 attacks. In the first draft, the film's final battle and eventual climax took place in a city, with many buildings seen being demolished with citizens falling out and even implied death. In the final cut, the city setting is replaced by a technological spaceship, which already had a role in the climax's first draft.

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