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Loosely based on William Joyce's children's book "The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs". Like Rise of the Guardians (2012), it was based on a story told to the author's daughter. This film's protagonist, MK (Mary Katherine), is named for Joyce's daughter, who died of a brain tumor on 11 May 2010 when she was 18 years old.
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Over one million hours of work were performed in the production of this film.
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The first Blue Sky Studios-produced film to feature a female protagonist, as well as the first theatrical animated film produced and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox to feature one since Anastasia (1997).
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The piece of paper that is seen just before the scrolling part of the closing credits has the date, 5-24-13 written on it, which was also Epic's release date.
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The Leaf Men were modeled after Samurai.
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Dr. Bomba's house is based on Olana, in Hudson, NY, the home of landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900).
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Johnny Knoxville was originally to play the voice of Mandrake. When he pulled out, Christoph Waltz replaced him.
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Queen Tara's dress is very similar to Tiana's from Disney's The Princess and the Frog (2009). Beyoncé, who voices Tara, was considered for the role of Tiana but didn't get it.
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The bullfrog threatening Nod is named Bufo. Bufo is a large genus of toads.
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Jason Sudeikis's first animated film and only one produced by Blue Sky Studios.
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The song "Rise Up" is performed and co-written by Beyoncé, who provides the voice of Queen Tara.
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Kristofer Hivju was considered for the role of Nim Galuu.
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Todd Cummings' second animated film, the first being Bolt (2008).
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The third Blue Sky Studios film to be produced in 2.35:1, after Rio (2011) and Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012).
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The third Blue Sky Studios film to have humans after Ice Age (2002) and Rio (2011) the rest are all humanless.
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Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of Nod.
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Anna Faris was considered for the role of Mary Katherine.
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Will Ferrell was considered for the role of Ronin.
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Zachary Levi was considered for the role of Mandrake.
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Jason Bateman was considered for the role of Professor Radcliffe Bomba.
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David Koechner was considered for the role of Grub.
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Billy Crystal was considered for the role of Mub.
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Sisqó was considered for the role of Bufo.
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Jon Hamm was considered for the role of Nod.
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Michael Chiklis was considered for the role of Nim Galuu.
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Armie Hammer was considered for the role of Ronin.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the role of Mandrake.
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Seth Rogen was considered for the role of Grub.
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Michael Rosenbaum was considered for the role of Mub.
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Cheech Marin was considered the role of Grub.
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Tommy Chong was considered the role of Mub.
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Keegan-Michael Key was considered the role of Grub.
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Jordan Peele was considered the role of Mub.
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Ernie Sabella was considered the role of Grub.
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Nathan Lane was considered the role of Mub.
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John Mahoney was considered the role of Grub.
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David Hyde Pierce was considered the role of Mub.
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The last Blue Sky Studios film to feature 20th Century Fox logo with "A News Corporation Company".
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The film was rumored to be composed by Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, Alan Silvestri, or Alexandre Desplat but was instead composed by Danny Elfman.
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Eva Green was considered for the role of Mary Katherine.
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From the Creators of "Ice Age" and "Rio".
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The first film from Blue Sky Studios, since Ice Age (2002), for which John Powell didn't compose the musical score.
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Renée Zellweger was considered the role of Mary Katherine.
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Jodie Foster was considered for the role of Mary Katherine.
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The only Blue Sky Studios film to be composed by Danny Elfman all the others were composed by John Powell, David Newman, Christophe Beck, John Debney and Theodore Shapiro.
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Jim Carrey's name is added to the credits of the movie.
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The taxi at the beginning is called a copper-bottom taxi, a reference to one of the writers of Robots (2005).
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This is the first Blue Sky Studios film to feature the 2013 same logo.
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The first Blue Sky Studios film to be based on a book since Horton Hears a Who (2008) released 5 years ago.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Mandrake is easily considered one of the darkest and most evil villains in a Blue Sky Studios film alongside Madame Gasket from Robots (2005), Rudy from Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Nigel the Cockatoo from Rio (2011) and Rio 2 (2014) and Captain Gutt from Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012).
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