Small­foot

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★★★☆☆

Dirs

Karey Kirkpatrick, Ja­son Reisig Chan­ning Ta­tum, James Cor­den, Zen­daya, Com­mon

Voices Length

96 mins

Cert

This shouty, hec­tic fam­ily an­i­ma­tion turns the ta­bles on the myth of the abom­inable snow­man. What if a vil­lage of yetis dis­cov­ered the ex­is­tence of the fabled small­foot – that adorable lit­tle crea­ture, vir­tu­ally fur-free, with a head no big­ger than a yeti fin­ger­nail?

The con­ceit is nicely done, and the film’s un­ex­pect­edly heart­felt mes­sage about em­pa­thy and look­ing at the world through some­one else’s eyes just about makes up for its bland an­i­ma­tion, smart-ar­sed script and generic clappy-blah songs.

Chan­ning Ta­tum is the voice of teenage yeti Migo, who lives high in the Hi­malayas. For cen­turies, the yetis of his vil­lage have obeyed laws and be­liefs carved into sacred stone tablets. Their num­ber one ar­ti­cle of faith is that the small­foot does not ex­ist.

Migo is a true be­liever, un­til he sees a hu­man in the flesh and joins up with a group of dis­senters led by the chief’s daugh­ter, Meechee – a Princess Leia of the yeti world. Down be­neath the

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