I just saw the trailer for the new film Epic. It looks amazing—be sure to check it out on youtube.
The little folk in this story are far more smaller than Eens (these guys ride their mice!). The film comes from 20th Century Fox—which is rather interesting to me; in February 2011 I received an out-of-the-blue call from 20th Century Fox asking if the rights were available for Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers. Nothing came of that inquiry, but now I can’t help to muse that they were just wondering how similar Kendra might be to their upcoming film (which was surely in progress; as we know, these animated wonders aren’t made over night).
In any case, the film has obviously gone ahead and we’ll just have to wait and see how many similarities there are. The above still certainly looks like the Elder Stone:
I have a feeling that a few kids are going to be wondering if the Land of Een was inspired by Epic. Well, at least I can rely on a 2005 copyright date on The Box of Whispers to plead my case with them! Of course, I view all of this as really good news because perhaps it just means that tiny people are back in vogue!