review by Bobby Blakey
There are always a ton of animated feature films coming out on both the big screen and straight to home entertainment. The latest is putting a fun new spin on the legend of the Yeti is Small Foot and features a great voice cast including Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, and Jimmy Tatro. Could this new direction for the snow creature bring something fun and fresh to the legend or will it fail to be able to prove its existence?
Small Foot follows a bright young Yeti who finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams. It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery. I will admit that outside of a couple of silly laughs in the trailer I wasn’t overly sold on this film, but the twist in the legend did make it something that I needed to see. While it isn’t a perfect film I did have more fun than I expected with it.
As a whole the film felt pretty average in story, but is saved by some great animation and voice work. The unified design of the Yeti’s while still making them all look individual were great. Each of them sported a fun personality that stood out and memorable. The attention to detail and creative uses for their surroundings was so much fun to watch. A lot of it reminded me of similar things created in the Flintstones using stones, etc. for daily uses. There are a couple of musical numbers that are catchy, but to me felt kind of out of place with the rest of the movie.
In the end I admit that I had a great time with the film of for no other reason that the animation and story legend switch. This will no doubt be a great one for the kids, but I think parents will get a kick out of it as well.
This release not only includes the film but also bonus content including theatrical promos, music videos, sing-a-longs and numerous featurettes taking you behind bringing this fun adventure to life. Join the search with Smallfoot on digital now and then on Blu-ray and DVD on December 11th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.