Starring: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito, Gina Rodriguez, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, Jimmy Tatro
Written By: Karey Kirkpatrick, Clare Sera
Directed By: Karey Kirkpatrick
Studio: Warner Bros
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The latest animated movie that will probably be watched in many households is Smallfoot. While my little one didn’t seem into it for the full movie, something tells me he will when he gets just a tad older. I actually thought the movie was really good, funny and I wouldn’t mind seeing again or a sequel.
Smallfoot is about Yetis living up in the mountains of the Himalayas and being discovered one day. While outside his family’s village, Migo (Channing Tatum), comes across a plane crashing and a “smallfoot,” a human. Yetis have always thought of them as a myth, so Migo sets out to prove they exist. Once the plane vanishes and the evidence is missing, Migo is banished from the village. There he encounters a washed-up, wildlife documentary filmmaker Percy (James Corden) and brings him back to the village after saving his life from a bear. While the village believes Migo, other things happen that causes problems for Migo and Percy.
I didn’t know what to expect with the movie but ended up liking it a lot. The voices by Tatum, Corden, Zendaya and others made the characters likable. The story was cute and mainly about acceptance, and getting along with others. Some Yetis want to stay away from the “smallfoot” because they are destructive and will destroy their way of life, and others want to try to get along. There was a lot of funny moments in the show, the animation was good enough and helped with the sight gags in the Small Foot.
Channing Tatum made the best with the character, and I laughed a lot from what he did. I didn’t even know Lebron was in this until I saw the credits. James Corden was good and wasn’t too over the top, except maybe with the silly “Under Pressure” song that he reworked. Zendaya did a good job with the character, and of course sung beautifully when needed. Danny DeVito was perfect as a Yeti, well at least his voice was. I would have liked to have seen more from him. Jimmy Tatro (from American Vandal) is also another guy with a deep voice that was perfect for something like this. He was particularly good because he plays a dim witted character.
Even though I didn’t mind the songs, at least the first song and another song, I could have done without it. I know songs get kids attentions these days, at least the songs weren’t terrible. Common’s song was a standout since it was different than others, and the chorus stuck with me the most. Had a good beat too. What effect that I liked with the movie was how the Yetis would speak to Percy or humans, and then it would just sound like roars or animal-like. When humans spoke, it was all high pitched and it made me giggle each time it happened. It was refreshing to see something that was an original story for a change too.
The Blu-Ray features include sing-alongs, music videos, mini movies featuring Soozie, and one small featurette that tries to cram as much as they can into a 5 minute video. In that video, there’s some cast interviews and behind the scenes footage of them voicing their characters or singing some of the songs. I would have liked to have seen some of this type of stuff instead but I guess this Blu-Ray was directed towards children.
Smallfoot was a cute animated movie that both children and adults will like. The singing in it wasn’t too much and wasn’t every two seconds. Still, could have done without most of it though. I wouldn’t mind watching this again or even seeing the inevitable sequel.
-Yeti Set Go! Sing-Along
– “Super Soozie” Mini Movie
– Migo in The Secret of the Yeti Stones
– Yeti or Not, Here They Come! Imagining Smallfoot
– Music Videos: Nial Horran “Finally Free”
– Music Videos: Cyn “Moment of Truth”
– Music Videos: Wonderful Life: In 28 Languages, Sung Around the World
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English Descriptive Audio 5.1
Dolby Digital Francais 5.1 (Dubbed in Quebec)
Bottom Line: Cute, funny animated movie with a nice message
Running Time: 96 mins