Smallfoot – Review Haiku

Written by Karey Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera
Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig

SYNOPSIS

A thriving Yeti village learns that humans (the Smallfoot) really do exist when they happen upon an Australian wildlife TV show host.

HAIKU REVIEW

Clean And Harmless Fun;
Deeper Than I Expected;
Good For All Ages.

GRADE: B

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS

My kids and I had been looking forward to this for months, so we were very excited to go on opening weekend and the movie didn’t let us down. It’s cute, funny, well-animated and has some deeper themes than I expected going in. I never figured it would feature such thinly-veiled jabs at religion, but given my attitude toward that particular subject, I was smiling. It’s not blatant, but the idea of rejecting observable truth in favor of blind faith in primitive belief systems because they are carved into stone is clearly being mocked and I enjoyed that. Of course, there is more to it than that, as the kids will recognize the messages about selflessness, sacrifice and going to bat for your friends, even in the face of some big odds. I liked the voice work, as the cast did an admirable job. I loved hearing Danny DeVito, Common was good in his role, and Channing Tatum was impressively unrecognizeable as the main character. There is a good amount of slapstick that the kids will always laugh at, a few jokes for the older crowd, and a good message about running excitedly into the unknown, even when it scares you. If you have kids or just like to see kids movies, go check this one out in the theater!


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