2013 Summer Movie Guide

Epic

Josh Hutcherson chats with TFK about voicing the leafman Nod for the animated film, opening May 24

April 29, 2013
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Nod (voiced by Josh Hutcherson) is a tiny, brave warrior helping to protect his forest in the animated film Epic.

Rated PG

Release Date: May 24, 2013 (in theaters and 3-D)

Directed by Chris Wedge

Starring Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfriend, Beyoncé, Aziz Ansari

Are you ready for something Epic? The new 3-D animated film from the creators of Ice Age and Rio has a star-studded cast and a larger-than-life story. Josh Hutcherson, 20, known for playing Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games, voices Nod, a brave warrior.

Actor Josh Hutcherson voices Nod in Epic.

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Actor Josh Hutcherson voices Nod in Epic.

The film tells of a teenage girl named Mary Katherine, voiced by Amanda Seyfried, who lives in a cabin in the woods with her father, Professor Bomba, voiced by actor Jason Sudeikis. When the professor does not return from the forest one day, Katherine sets out to look for him and lands in a secret world. Katherine teams up with Nod and other tiny Leafmen to protect the forest from their enemies, the Boggans, who spread decay and destroy nature. The band of warriors must defeat the Boggans to save the forest and the real world.

Hutcherson told TFK that he hopes the film inspires kids to go outside and explore nature, like he did growing up in Kentucky. “Epic reminds me of being a kid and letting your imagination run wild,” he told TFK.

Epic arrive in theaters May 24.

TFK:

Could you talk a little bit about Epic?

JOSH HUTCHERSON:

Epic is a pretty Epic story. It’s basically about the battle between good and evil happening within Mother Nature. It’s kind of this sub-world that could exist in your own backyard. You have two sides—the side of rot and decay, called the Boggans, and the side that’s protecting Mother Nature, called the Leafmen. The story takes place over the course of a transitional period where they are birthing a new queen of Mother Nature. The Leafmen have to protect (the egg) while the Boggans try to destroy it.

TFK:

How did you feel when you were asked to voice Nod?

HUTCHERSON:

I was really excited. The director, Chris Wedge, showed me this amazing 3-D test run of this cool new 3-D animation they were doing. They gave me a rundown of the story and showed me the character. I was hooked right away. I haven’t really done anything like this, animation wise. It had a really cool story, a cool character, new technology and a very successful studio. They know what they’re doing so it was a no-brainer for me to become a part of it.

TFK:

Do you relate to Nod?

HUTCHERSON:

To a certain extent, yes. I’m definitely one to go to the beat of my own drum, so I think in that respect we are similar. But Nod is a little more frivolous with his actions. I like to consider others and what kind of repercussions will happen because of what I do. Nod kind of just goes for it and deals with the negatives afterwards. He learns how to handle that better throughout the movie.

TFK:

How do you think you would fare as a warrior?

HUTCHERSON:

Honestly, I would like to say pretty well. I play a lot of sports and I love being outdoors, so I feel like being part of that world would actually work.

TFK:

What scene are you most looking forward to seeing?

HUTCHERSON:

There’s this final sequence with birds flying around in an aerial battle. On paper it’s one thing, but seeing it actually come to life in 3D? I think that’s going to be incredible.

Ronin (voiced by Colin Farrell) and Nod (Josh Hutcherson) in a scene from Epic.

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Ronin (voiced by Colin Farrell) and Nod (Josh Hutcherson) in a scene from Epic.

TFK:

Why do you think kids will enjoy Epic?

HUTCHERSON:

It will really open up their imagination. I think it’ll get them looking out in their backyard and wondering if there is anything there. I think they’ll be intrigued by something they would want to fight for too. When I was a kid I loved being outside, I loved Mother Nature. Hopefully kids will get that same kind of feeling.

TFK:

What was your favorite animated film as a kid?

HUTCHERSON:

I was a huge Lion King fan as a kid. I still am. Pocahontas is another one I love. I loved all the Disney classics and Toy Story

TFK:

Epic has a star-filled cast—Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Aziz Ansari, Beyoncé —to name a few. Did you get to work with any of them in the recording studio?

HUTCHERSON:

Not once. I literally just met Amanda today for the first time because we had a couple of interviews together. It was cool to meet her. It’s weird (that) you have been working on a movie for a year and half and you never met the other people in it with you.  Thankfully, our director Chris is also a very talented actor. Having him there to read lines with definitely helped a lot. But it was weird not having the actual cast there. That was a challenge for sure.

TFK:

Catching Fire is set to release in November. How was filming?

HUTCHERSON:

It was a very big movie. I'm excited for people to see it. The stuff in the arena was a lot of fun (to shoot) because we have the whole new cast together. It was a really fun experience. 

TFK:

How does Nod compare to your Hunger Games character, Peeta?

HUTCHERSON:

They’re both in the woods, fighting for something bigger than themselves. I think Nod is much more free than Peeta. Peeta lives in this society where people don’t have freedom and Nod is all about his freedom. They have some similarities and some differences.

TFK:

What do you think our readers should know about Epic?

HUTCHERSON:

I think Epic is just so great because it reminds me of being a kid and letting my imagination run wild. I hope this kind of movie will get kids to go outside and experience the world around them.


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