Smallfoot (2018)

Cute is a great word for animation but does this film hold my attention? Not by being cute. Smallfoot is a fun trip to the snowy mountain top community of the Yetis. We learn their ways that look a lot like “Horton Hears a Who.” We also witness them accidentally encounter humans who they call in their mythology: Smallfoot. It’s a nice story and it certainly holds up with children but I lost interest pretty early on in this simple, retread cartoon.

Smallfoot (2018)
PG | 1h 36min | Animation , Adventure , Comedy | 28 September 2018 (USA)
A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” really do exist.
Directors: Karey Kirkpatrick, Jason Reisig (co-director)
Writers: Karey Kirkpatrick (screenplay by), Clare Sera (screenplay by) | 5 more credits »
Stars: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya

There are a few songs that break up the simple segments of the film. They are are forgettable though. sadly. The first sounds a lot like “You’re Welcome” as sung by Dwayne Johnson in Moana. This film is fine for small children, even up to age 11 or 12 I’d say. The 13 year olds and up will likely find it commonplace animation with a retread story and lose interest. As long as we have a target audience, let’s look at the rating: PG. Something is very wrong there. I can imagine a G rating wouldn’t bring the teen audience whereas the PG would in theory? Just an unschooled assumption. Anyway, it’s not honest to the audience doing that. I honestly have no idea why this was rated PG other than widen the potential audience. It was as vanilla as it comes.

If you’re looking to wow the smaller school kids and younger, this is a good choice to watch. Everyone else can miss it and probably be ok. 7/10 (for kids 5/10 for teens and up.)

Published by Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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  1. I thought this movie was good. Felt like a bit of a “Happy Feet” retread, but it was definitely entertaining and I loved all the voice talents in the movie.

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