Smallfoot 3D

There's been a big myth-understanding.

Channing Tatum leads an all-star cast featuring Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Gina Rodriguez (TV's Jane the Virgin), talk show host James Corden, and NBA star LeBron James in this animated family feature about a yeti who goes in search of the elusive creatures known as 'humans'. From the creators of The Lego Movie.

News of the existence of the "smallfoot" draws attention to a young yeti who claims the discovery, throwing the simple yeti community into an uproar over whether or not he's telling the truth. To settle the case once and for all, he journeys forth to find another one of these elusive creatures.

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Warner Bros. Animation

Comedy, Kids & Family, Fantasy, 3D

96mins

Rating: G

USA

This story about Migo, a Yeti who believes in “Small Foot,” a terrifying beast “with perfect white teeth” and “minty fresh breath”—a “freakishly small” creature who turns out to be a human— is a family-friendly fable told from the Abominable Snowperson’s perspective. From a story by Despicable Me writer Sergio Pablos, the central conceit echoes Monsters, Inc., deftly sidestepping scaring little ones by placing sympathy with the supposedly chilling creatures.

Slapstick and silly gags abound, with a few movie geek nods to famous films here and there, in a bright, cheerful animation. The characters are brought to life by an offbeat yet effective voice-cast, centred on Channing Tatum and Zendaya as Migo and Meechee, alongside fellow Yetis Danny DeVito (as Migo’s Dad), Gina Rodriguez, Common and LeBron James, with James Corden as Percy, an annoying, human TV nature-show presenter.

The songs are pretty generic (with a nice one from Common and particularly horrid rap version of ‘Under Pressure’ by James Corden’s Percy), and this is no Disney or Pixar marvel, but still far from abominable family entertainment. It’s no small feat that Smallfoot delivers a fun (if heavy-handed) morality tale, with heaps of good humour and broad environmentally friendly/be yourself/be inquisitive/don’t judge books by their covers messages that will keep young'uns entertained, and their adult companions mildly amused, throughout its zippy 90-minute run-time.

Screen International

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It's a playful inversion of the bigfoot legend, cautioning against unthinking compliance, championing curiosity and encouraging putting oneself in another's shoes (or feet).

Hollywood Reporter

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Carries sufficient charm and a bit of unexpected depth to justify its breezy existence.

Sydney Morning Herald

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[Smallfoot] offers plenty of opportunities for the kind of physical comedy for which the old Warners teams were renowned.

Variety (USA)

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If "Smallfoot" proves anything, it's not the existence of yetis, but the need for a fresh approach to such lazy storytelling.

NZ Herald (Karl Puschmann)

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Despite feeling pretty inconsequential throughout much of its running time, Smallfoot's hopeful finale is unexpectedly uplifting.

New York Times

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The movie, directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, has just enough wit and visual invention to get by.