Smallfoot (2018)

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Smallfoot

Out of pure boredom, I decided to watch this film. Truth be told none of the marketing or previews for the film drew my attention. A decent voice cast was attached regardless but anything animated that is not Pixar doesn’t really captivate me. Its understandable, because who is the target audience here? Not every writer for an animated feature can appeal to an entire population of audience so I get it. The film is going to the job of entertaining the kids which is really its purpose.

The film is about a yeti named Migo. One day he encounters a human (who his clan of yeti call “Smallfoot”). When he goes back to his group and tells them what he saw they banish him and accuse him of telling lies. Determined to show the yetis the truth he heads below the mountains and befriends a TV reporter and attempts to bring him back to the yetis. The problem that arises is acceptance, on both ends.¬† The voice actors involved include Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Corden, and LeBron James.

I’m not a animation expert but I thought the film looked nice, just about standard as modern day animation goes. I wonder what they did to Tatum’s voice because Migo didn’t sound like him at all. The film has a few laughs here and there, some that are cheeky. Other than that, the plot feels weak and stretched out. There’s a lack of real consequences and even for an animated film, it feels too safe. Its a harmless film but just forgettable on all accords.

I drew a message of acceptance of those we don’t get along with and making peace with people we have differences with. Kind of like with Zootopia. Overall, its fun for the kids as it should be but I struggled to find a decent amount of enjoyment in this film. It also gets lost in being a musical, at least that’s how I felt. No harm no foul thanks to AMC A-List though.

6/10

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