Film Review: Smallfoot animation movie out 12 October 2018

Smallfoot, a new animated adventure for all ages with original music and an all-star cast by Warner Bros. Pictures, is out this weekend. A group of London Mums and the kids’ club went to see an advance screening and were very positive about it. Check out their verdict here! 

The story

Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human who has a small foot (hence the name of the film).

News of this “smallfoot” brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams.  It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

The movie features an all-star voice cast including Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito and more! 

 

The trailers

 

The verdict

Smallfoot features an all-star voice cast including Channing Tatum (The LEGO® Batman Movie, the Jump Street films) as the Yeti, Migo, and James Corden (Trolls, The Emoji Movie) as the Smallfoot, Percy.  Also starring are Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Common (Selma), LeBron James (upcoming Space Jam 2), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Danny DeVito (The Lorax, Oscar nominee for Erin Brockovich), Yara Shahidi (TV’s Black-ish), Ely Henry (TV’s Justice League Action), and Jimmy Tatro (22 Jump Street).

Director Karey Kirkpatrick came to talk to us ahead of the screening at the Empire in Leicester Square and was impressed with the huge size of the screen. He told how complicated it was to make this animation. It took six years to create the most realistic Yeti the world has ever seen.  

The kids loved the special effects especially the fur of the creatures that looks very real when the Yeti moves in the snow and in the wind. Sound effects are also very impressive. The kids enjoyed the fact that the human voices sounded squeaks to the Yeti’s ears while we could hear them correctly. Similarly to the human characters the Yetis sounded like roaring beasts. This causes a lot of funny misunderstandings. 

Kids liked the fact that nobody died in this movie, not even the driver of the helicopter which came down but did not disintegrated. 
 
Mums loved the educational messages that this film aims to convey including the importance of one’s integrity particularly linked to social media and TV. It is important to remain faithful to your own values and not loose your honour to reach fame. Smallfoot showcases the negative effect of fake news and the importance of doing research. The female Yeti, the daughter of the tribe chief,  does not believe in things that are imparted from above and goes on to do her research to find out that humans exist, against the Yeti’s popular belief. 
 
After the screening mum of 4 Bibi from South West London said: “I love Smallfoot. It’s so relatable, has positive message, catchy songs and more importantly teaches the kids that lying has huge consequences. Those Yetis are adorable & loveable too”.
 

London Mums’ rating: 7/10

Kids Club rating: 8/10 

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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