Channing TatumJames Corden...
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Growing up helps you see movies a lot differently from how you would have seen them as a child. Of course, this is not always a good thing. You start to realise that The Lion King (1994) is just Hamlet in disguise, or you figure out the negative messages about women that are asserted through Disney princess films. The young generation of today could possibly have that same experience when they re-watch Smallfoot as adults. Indeed, this film discusses totalitarianism.
Smallfoot unfolds within a secluded and fear dominated society of Yetis, who are convinced that a human (what they call a smallfoot) does not exist. The Yeti society’s number one rule is to not ask questions, so they live in denial, blindly following their leader (Common) and never seeking truthful answers. When Migo (Channing Tatum), a young yeti who has never questioned the society’s rules before, stumbles into an encounter with a smallfoot, he is banished for confirming its existence to his fellow villagers. Consequently, Migo aims to prove that smallfoots do exist. Migo teams up with the S.E.S or Smallfoot Evidentiary Society, led by the Yeti society leader’s daughter, Meechee (Zendaya), and sets out to explore the human world
A society living in the dark, and ruled by fear? Denial of truth as better than the reality? What kind of animation film is this?
The film’s plot is very heavy for that of an animated feature, but it somehow works. It teaches kids to think for themselves and question what they are being taught. Smallfoot subtly instills its concept through the plot and acts as one of the few recent animation films, if not the only one, that discusses such a heavy topic.
Visually, the film was pleasing, however, there was nothing exceptionally innovative about it. In other words, there was nothing totally unique or absolutely unforgettable in the visual realm of the film. Similarly, Smallfoot’s songs were also a bit too mainstream; the tunes were catchy, but the song numbers seemed to mimic ones found in other animated features.
The feature’s voice cast is star studded, with Channing Tatum, Zendaya, and Common. The film also features the voices of James Cordon, LeBron James, Danny DeVito, and more. All of these stars did a great job; they voices helped give life to the animated characters.
Will your kids enjoy this? Probably, especially given all the songs and the bubbly characters. Will you enjoy it, too? Maybe.