My husband and I saw Small Foot on 09/29/2018. The movie is about a yeti named Migo (Channing Tatum) who, by accident, discovers a human who crashes his plane onto the mountain where the yetis live. Humans are described as mythical creatures known as a “Small Foot.” This goes against the “rules” or “stones” that tells the yetis history, so no one believes Migo.
Along the way, Migo makes some friends who believe in the Small Foot, including his crush, Meechee (Zendaya). The movie touches on a lot of serious topics such as asking questions, trust, the “us vs. them” mentality and so much more.
So first of all…arachnophobia warning. It’s only one scene (the first set in the human village) but it’s brutal for anyone with a fear of those fiends of nightmares, and it comes out of nowhere. Thanks for that, by the way.
But moving on to the actual film, animated movies from companies that aren’t owned by Disney are always a mixed bag. A handful of them are straight up amazing, some are embarrassing, but the majority fall into the category weak in places and strong in others. Small Foot winds up having a little trouble in its first act. It’s not bad by any stretch, but it’s trying so hard to make you like it that it comes off as unconfident in its own story. Cheap jokes and slapstick abound here, making it more reminiscent of an extended Scrat segment from Ice Age than real character exploration. But once the film stumbles its way into the story proper it finds its heart.
Channing Tatum, Zendaya and Danny Devito all give wonderful vocal performances to their characters and were all perfectly cast. Also, Common (Stonekeeper), LeBron James (Gwangi) and Jimmy Tatro (Thorp) all give equally wonderful performances and we were thoroughly impressed by their work.
We weren’t expecting this movie to be a musical, so when Migo burst into song almost immediately, we were thinking, “Should this movie really be a musical?” Thankfully, the film proved us wrong and before too long, we were enjoying each of the songs!
As we said earlier, the movie touches on asking questions and the “us vs. them” mentality. This is true in our society more than ever. We live in a time where you ask the wrong question about the industry you’re in or start to feel like something is going against your moral compass and you feel the need to speak out, society is ready to cast you out like they did Migo. That’s why it’s good to have a strong support system like he did with his small group of friends who believed in the Small Foot.
In the end, the film may prove to be a tearjerker, but not for the character moments we’ve gotten accustomed to from Pixar films. Here the sadness comes from an awareness that human nature (as reflected in both the yetis and the actual humans) is just as capable of terrible things as wonderful. This isn’t a story with clearly defined villains, as any character can be kind of right and kind of wrong at the same time. There’s a tragedy of reality bubbling just beneath the colorful surface, and Small Foot is brave enough to raise questions that it doesn’t spell out the answers to.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we need to pick up that soundtrack!
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