Composed By: Danny Elfman
Distributed by: Sony Music
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Loosely based on The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, a children's story by William Joyce, Epic is a 3D computer animated film starring Amanda Seyfried as the voice of seventeen-year-old Mary Katherine (AKA: MK). After the death of her mother, MK moves in with her estranged and eccentric scientist father (Jason Sudeikis). MK is highly skeptical of her father's work which involves searching for tiny human soldiers. What MK doesn't know is that her father isn't mad, such beings exist...as she soon discovers when she finds herself shrunken down to size in a fantastical realm where the forces of good struggle to keep the natural world alive, while the forces of evil seek to destroy it.
The musical score of Epic was created by Amercian musician, singer, songwriter and composer Danny Elfman. Well-known as the lead singer and songwriter for the band Oingo Boingo, Elfman made his foray into musical scoring with the film Forbidden Zone in 1980. Since then, he has made quite a name for himself in the film industry, creating the musical scores for such notable films as Men in Black, Batman, Good Will Hunting, Milk, Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, Wanted, Beetlejuice, Charlotte's Web, Terminator Salvation, Alice in Wonderland, Silver Linings Playbook, Oz the Great and Powerful and more.
The musical score of Epic has a definitive cartoon feel with lighter and airier compositions than would normally be found in an epic adventure film. The music is generally orchestral with some piano and guitar solo pieces in the mix. There is also a folksy, almost Celtic styling to some of the more lively tracks like Leafmen and Epic Finale, tracks that make you smile set your feet tapping. The fantasy element is represented through an ethereal choir background to the orchestral tracks found throughout the score.
Overall, the Epic Soundtrack is an enjoyable album in its own right and I have no doubts that the music composed by Elfman enhances the visuals of the film. Adults might not be too attracted to this score as it does contain that cartoony feel, but kids will want to get their hands on the score to the movie so they can re-enact their favorite moments of the film. The talented Danny Elfman does it again, creating a musical score that perfectly describes the fantastical action and adventure taking place in the animated film. Kudos on a job well done.