REVIEW: Animated yeti musical adventure Smallfoot is much more than just a children's movie
PUBLISHED: 19:49 20 October 2018
Smallfoot might be a children's film on paper but, alongside the eye-popping animation, catchy songs and loveable yetis on screen, there's plenty of poignant hidden messages to take away.
Released just in time for half-term, the ‘musical comedy adventure’ – the description given by producers Warner Animation Group – offers thoughtful, intelligent family-friendly fun.
Continuing the trend of Moana and Coco - tongue-in-cheek songs boasting earwork choruses are a prominent feature in most kid’s films at the moment - the CGI-created characters burst into song and dance at regular intervals.
Inquisitive teenage yeti Migo (played by Channing Tatuym) and the rest of his friends are told to push their questions down and just accept what’s been set in stone (ancient truths which govern the land) for decades.
But when he crosses paths with something that he thought didn’t exist – a human (James Corden as pompous but good-hearted Percy Patterson, a wildlife documentary filmmaker trying to get back in the spotlight) – the community is thrown into uproar and disbelief.
Concerned that the truth might come out about what lies in the big wide world beyond their snowy village - in the Himalayan mountains – Migo soon finds himself banished by the Stonekeeper of the village (played by rapper Common)…
With the help of the Smallfoot Evidentiary Society (four ‘village weirdos led by the Stonekeeper’s questioning daughter Meeche, played by Disney actor Zendeya), he goes in search of the truth…
What follows is a journey of friendship, courage and the joy of discovery as Migo challenges the laws of his land and turns an age-old myth on its head.
Metaphorically, there’s a lot to take away – for children and parents alike; mainly, though, it’s about the importance of standing up for what you believe in and refusing to be silenced.
Though you wouldn’t perhaps expect it from an animated film about yetis aimed at children, it’s a timely message – especially in such politically turbulent times.
‘Smallfoot’ is now showing at the Light Cinema in Wisbech. For screening dates, time and tickets visit www.wisbech.lightcinemas.co.uk/smallfoot