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September 28, 2018

Smallfoot Review


Smallfoot (Rated PG)
An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

Smallfoot stars Channing Tatum (The LEGO® Batman Movie, the Jump Street films) as the yeti, Migo, and James Corden (Trolls, The Emoji Movie) as the Smallfoot, Percy. Also starring are Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Common (Selma), LeBron James (upcoming Space Jam 2), Danny DeVito (The Lorax, Oscar nominee for Erin Brockovich), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Yara Shahidi (TV’s Black-ish), Ely Henry (TV’s Justice League Action), and Jimmy Tatro (22 Jump Street).

Smallfoot is directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Annie Award-winning director of Over the Hedge and Annie nominee for the screenplays for Chicken Run and James and the Giant Peach. The screenplay is by Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera, screen story by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra and Kirkpatrick, based on the book Yeti Tracks, by Sergio Pablos.

The film is produced by Bonne Radford (Curious George), Glenn Ficarra (Storks, This is Us,) and John Requa (Storks, This is Us). Serving as executive producers are Nicholas Stoller, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Jared Stern, Karey Kirkpatrick, Sergio Pablos, Courtenay Valenti, and Allison Abbate. The creative team includes editor Peter Ettinger, and composer Heitor Pereira. Animation is by Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Hawaii Dad Blog Review:

Smallfoot starts off by introducing us to a group of yetis who live atop a mountain above the clouds. Their leader, the Stonekeeper, orders them to follow the rules of the stones.  The yetis perform seemingly meaningless daily tasks, and are discouraged from asking any questions.  
One day, Migo, a young yeti rule-follower, crosses paths with a "Smallfoot," a pilot whose plane crashed near their village. When Migo tries to tell the other yetis what he saw, he is exiled from the village.

Migo joins up with a few others who have formed a secret group of yeti conspiracy theorists. They believe Migo and help him go below the clouds (where the stones have told them not to go) to find the Smallfoot and bring him back to prove he was telling the truth.

Smallfoot was quite funny. I especially liked the ode to the old Looney Toons cartoons.  My son liked the small yeti, Fleem, who had many of the funniest lines.

Aside from the laughs, Smallfoot also delivered a worthy message - don't be afraid to get to know others who are different from you, which is good advice in this day and age.

I thought the voice actors all did a great job, and I really enjoyed how the characters would break into song throughout the movie. I felt that it really added to the entertainment factor, and it also helped move the story along. 
Smallfoot is a great movie for families with young kids.


Mahalo to the sponsor for the screening tickets.

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