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- Smallfoot Review – A Hidden Gem! - October 8, 2018
👣 Smallfoot 👣
Smallfoot is a hidden gem I did not expect to find but I am so glad I did as I’m sure many others would agree. Smallfoot comes from director/writer extraordinaire Karey Kirkpatrick who is behind the infamous animations such as Chicken Run and Smurfs, which so happen to be some of my most beloved children’s movies, Smallfoot is now sure to join this list.
Smallfoot is one of the most unique and interesting stories for an animation I have seen in recent times, whilst it still has the generic plot tropes; a romance, a villain, a hero trying to prove itself, etc. it is told through such a refreshing way that it all seems quite new. Our story begins with yeti Migo (Channing Tatum) happy to go about his same day-to-day life without a worry in the world. After coming face-to-face with a ‘smallfoot’ (a human) his views on this bubble of a world are questioned and we follow Migo on his adventure for the truth at the stake of being banished from his village. He is joined by a loveable and colourful group of cohorts and conspiracy theorists known as the SES and his adventure to the ‘smallfoot’ land below the clouds in the mountains begins. Meanwhile animal TV show host Percy (James Corden) is searching for his big discovery…I am sure you all know where this is going now so I’ll leave the rest up to your imaginations. Each of these characters mentioned above and those not mentioned are all brilliantly voiced by a cast with a huge range of talent.
Karey Kirkpatrick has done a beautiful job of ensuring Smallfoot caters for all audiences, it showcases how much an animation can do in terms of teaching meaningful life lessons and filling an audience with joy and laughter. Smallfoot at its heart is a story about putting down our weapons when met with conflict and instead learning to communicate with those we’re struggling to understand. Meechee (Zendaya), Migo’s love interest beautifully comes to this conclusion herself and it is a rather heart-warming moment in the film’s final act.
When I watch an animated film I long for a feeling of goosebumps – it is what I want from every movie really, it proves to me the film has substance by making me feel strongly a particular way. Not every film sets out to do this but when they do and they succeed it is such a good feeling. Smallfoot gave me this feeling throughout, it might have seemingly flew right under the radar but it is surely a film that needs to be seen by many. Along with a unique and meaningful story the animation is stunning. The setting of a yeti village allows for flourishes of all colours and spectacular animated sequences. Not only are the settings beautiful but the detail to each character, background or not is wonderful. I can already see children carrying around their own colourful Yeti soft toys and in the closing credits I myself had a slight feeling I wouldn’t even mind one of my own.
You’re probably thinking by now surely there is some form of flaw in this film…and there is and that is just one of the songs. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it but yes this is also a musical, so clearly it was always guaranteed to be a winner for me….so much so that I may or may not be currently listening to its soundtrack. Just like the film the music is campy, fresh and fun with beautiful lyrics. The best song being sung by Zendaya titled ‘Wonderful Life’ just give it a listen and tell me it doesn’t warm your heart. Unfortunately not all can be said for one particular song…that would be the ‘rap song’ and it is super cringey. The films villain, The Stonekeeper (Common) yeti chief sings a rap…it is bad, long and didn’t quite hit the mark for me.
I would definitely take the kids along to this one or if you’re like me and still a big kid at heart also go along. Smallfoot is a beautiful film presenting animation at its best and in all its glory. A heartfelt treat served wonderfully with some popcorn and as always a choc top…
🌟 Rating: 8.5/10
🍦 Rating: Peanut Caramel ~ Sweet and comforting, two things you can never have too much of!