Smallfoot, directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, tells the story of Migo, a Yeti who’s been raised to believe in a set of stones without question his entire life, as he accidentally discovers a “smallfoot”. When he tries telling the rest of his village of the mythical small foot’s existence, no one believes him except for a small group of outcasts led by the Stonekeeper’s Daughter herself, Meechee. Along with his newfound friends, Migo sets out to prove that the smallfoot does really exist.
I’ll admit that I did not expect much from this movie going in, and the first fifteen to twenty minutes did not impress me at all, but oddly enough as the movie kept going on, I suddenly found myself thoroughly invested in the movie and enjoying various elements. The story of the film starts out very cliche and predictable and you feel like you’ve heard this story told a million times before. However as the story reaches its climax, it makes some great commentary and features interesting dialogue that brought a new perspective on a recurring issue that is not often highlighted in animated films. In addition, the musical element of the story stood out in a good way because it was different from a traditional disney musical but the songs were still surprisingly well produced and extremely catchy. They also complimented the plot very well.
The film features the voice talents of Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Corden and many more. The characters are not out of the ordinary, however they are given great dialogue to work with and that is what sells these characters and their motivations. Another interesting and effective aspect of the characters is that their design is really essential to affecting the way the the plot plays off its comedic elements. The musical element of the film adds to each character’s personality and highlights the way they move the plot forward in a very catchy way. For a studio that is not Disney, the songs are all surprisingly really catchy and exciting to watch because they are plot driven. That animation was also beautifully detailed with textures and colors that brought the film to life .
Overall, this movie is a great family film that leads to conversations that are healthy and necessary for the progress of our society. I recommend watching it when it comes out on DVD but experiencing the colors and song in theaters would definitely be a positive experience as well.
Rating: 7.5/10 Written By, Kiyan Badkoubeh
Going into the movie, I honestly did not have high expectations. The trailers that were released portrayed the plot of the movie as lacking anything interesting. I went in believing that this would be a negative review with roast after roast of content. However, I can happily say that it was the exact opposite experience. Although the first fifteen to thirty minutes seemed to not capture my attention, things really started to pick up as the movie went on. Although the movie was not marketed as a musical, the musical numbers that did occur were soulfully sung by Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Corden, and Common. The musical numbers reflected each character’s personality quite well. They also added a nice touch to introducing different topics within the movie, like why Migo should go off on his adventure, or why they decided to hide off from the humans. There is also plenty of social commentary on subjects like religion, politics, and racism. Compared to Disney’s social commentary in the movie Zootopia, Warner Brothers show both sides of the discrimination issue in today’s society and how we need communication to get over this barrier. All in all, the movie is a great segway into conversations we should be having with funny comedy and lovely songs.
Rating: 8/10 Written by: Diane Baumann