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Last week I was offered the opportunity to go watch EPIC when it premiered on Friday with my family. We already planned on going, but Tyson offered us tickets and I thought that was really sweet! They must have really loved our Tyson Chicken Nugget Feta Sliders!
The plan was to make a few of the quick Feta Chicken Sliders with Del Monte Green Beans before skipping off to the movie with the kids in tow. They’re so quick and healthy that you can’t beat it. You have 100% Natural Tyson chicken topped with delicious Feta Cheese and paired with Del Monte Green Beans, how could you beat that??
However, our movie plans sort of got derailed.
Before Friday my tot got sick and it didn’t look like he was going to get well in time to go. My teen and I were left kind of on our own as my Husband decided he would stay home with him. So on Wednesday I asked my son if he would like to bring a friend along as it would be a shame to waste a ticket and as every friend he knew wanted to see the movie, I figured it wouldn’t be a problem – more opinions on the movie for me! The response wasn’t exactly what I was expecting though… he wanted to bring a girl.
And that is how I found out my son had a girlfriend.
Well… here I was with tickets to the EPIC movie everyone wanted to see and the idea that this Family Movie Night was turning into Teen Date Night, but I figured that it was the EPIC movie and this was kind of an epic moment for my son and so I agreed. We just moved our “movie dinner” to lunch so we could still have family time and left the night open for improvisation.
I won’t get into details about my son’s first date since that is his personal story, but I wanted to tell you a bit about the movie. First of all, EPIC was brought to life from the minds of the creators of Ice Age and Rio, so I expected the comedic slant. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the many layers of emotion and extreme cleverness the creators had in making the forest and all its inhabitants. I don’t want to give away how EPIC bridges the real world with that of the forest, but I will say that it is the most unique concept I’ve personally seen in a really long time!
This isn’t a movie just for young kids, though it is certainly has the bright colors and vivid characters that would appeal to them. It is honestly an animation that relates to tweens and teens. MK has a deeper story than just that of the forest and her thoughts of feeling invisible or lost translates to teens who often feel that way as they weave their way from adolescence to adulthood. The friends she meets embody the strength of friendship and family, which give her the strength to believe and show her what family truly means. This is all around one of the best family animations I’ve seen in awhile that really drives the aspect of family, love and our world together.
Some of the characters are just plain hilarious! I could not stop laughing at the Slug and the Snail (Mub and Grub) who in many movies would just be simple comedic characters, but are actually quite important to the story! These two guys will have you snickering throughout the movie and if your kids are anything like the kids leaving the theater last Friday, quoting them in goofy stances and ‘slugging’ about.
When we left the theater the sun was starting to set and from out of the pale sky came the largest (almost) full moon any of us had seen. It was fitting since the movie centered around a bright full moon in midsummer and we were all in awe. I actually said, “Look at the moon! It’s EPIC!” At that point it really made me think more about the war between the beings in the forest and what they were fighting for. You can’t really look at a tree or a leaf quite the same way.
Although I didn’t get to have my whole family with me, taking my son on his very first date is still a family moment. We begin as families watching our children as they first learn to grasp, to crawl, to walk, to speak and learn. When they begin school, go on their first field trips, play their first game and cheer even if they are on the benches. We are there when they get their first scraped knee, when they learn to lose or accept loss and we are there when they learn about love and hold their first hand that isn’t yours.
EPIC shows you at it’s heart the importance of being there as a parent and for our children, the importance of believing in us even when we may seem a little off our rockers. I hope you get a chance to see this movie and that you have your own EPIC family moment. Don’t forget to take the time to sit around the table and share time with your family. You don’t have to whip up a fancy meal either. You can save yourself some valuable time with your family just by popping some Tyson Chicken Nuggets in the oven, warming up some Del Monte Green Beans and watching your kids get excited about a movie.
You can see more trailers for EPIC on the webpage and also some amazing photos on their Instagram! Many thanks to Tyson for giving me this chance to give my son an EPIC night he will always remember as one of his “firsts” forever moments.