Smallfoot was a movie I actually wanted to watch in theatres but missed out on it. Just recently browsing the Cineplex Store I noticed it was released for home entertainment, so of course, I rented it and watched it.
I chuckled a handful of times, so this wasn’t the worse animated movie. I actually think it was super creative and the characters really came to life thanks in part to voices behind them. The one aspect that made me dislike this movie was the singing… lots and lots of singing. Why do kids movies need to have so many songs in them? Instead of characters acting out parts of the story, everyone breaks into song and dance for four minutes and then we find ourselves in a different part of the story. It may work in Frozen, but it doesn’t need to be the winning formula for every animated ever produced after 2012.
Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Corden, and Common all get their chance to burst out solo songs, informing us of the Yeti history and how sad life is as a nature photographer. My only complaint about the entire movie was the singing. The rest of the movie was pretty fun and I was entertained as two complete strangers become best friends. This is the classic combination of two worlds colliding.
Whoever came up with this story had a vivid imagination. I liked how the Yetis went to great lengths to protect their heritage while using the classic misdirection tactic at every turn to keep things in order. Yes, you already know how this is going to end, but why not be entertained while getting there? 5/10
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I was surprised to know that this was a musical as well as a criticism of cults. I loved the animation though as well as some of the voice performances (LeBron James surprised me!). And ‘Let It Lie’ was a song that I hoped would get nominated for Best Original Song.