Smallfoot, 5.58/10, as the name suggests, seems to leave a minimal lasting effect on the world of animation. For years, human kind have strived to prove the existence of the Bigfoot, with the only proof being a series of blurred images of the hairy ‘being’. Is it just a folklore or is there actually truth behind the pixelated conspiracy? Directors Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig set out to flip the connotations of Bigfoot and introduce us to the Yeti civilisation. In particular, we meet one friendly Bigfoot desperately trying to prove the existence of Smallfoot aka human kind. Sounds intriguing, right? However, unfortunately, Smallfoot falls into the trap of the trailer being more entertaining than the final product.
Smallfoot opens with a surprising musical number with lead vocals by the main character, Migo (played by Channing Tatum). Migo and creatures alike inhabit a small settlement high above the clouds at the top of a mountain. Migo is not one to challenge the status quo: he wakes up every day and helps his father awake the rest of the town. He then continues to aid his community in the daily roles dictated by the ancient stones and their keeper, the town’s leader. However, when a ‘metal flying thing’ (more commonly known to us as a plane) falls from the sky and releases a Smallfoot, Migo begins to question everything that the stones say. His scepticism only comes flying back at him and doesn’t go down well with his compliant fellow Yetis and powerful leader. Migo is quickly dismissed and is banished from the town for questioning the norms of Yeti life that have been unquestioned for many years. To prove that he is telling the truth, he must go beyond the clouds and into the unknown to retrieve a Smallfoot and prove their existence.
I can only describe Smallfoot as a bit ‘bleugh’. It never really finds quite the right tone, pace or balance between humour and morality. I mentioned earlier that I was surprised by the outbreak of song that runs throughout this movie – I say surprised as there was no mention of the musical factor in the trailer. Now, this is not to say I have an issue with a musical number by any means but for me, in this situation, it really didn’t feel necessary to the feature or an addition whatsoever. The trailer pitched this movie as a highly comical animation but the final film seemed very poorly pieced together and disengaging. To a younger audience, there is the obvious moral reinforcement: it shows children not to lie, be brave enough to question authority when you feel strongly about an issue and to mix with others despite them being dislike you. This, I feel, no viewer can complain about and overall, Smallfoot is completely full of vibrant colour and the childish humour that will have your children thoroughly entertained. However, I do have to warn you that as the chaperone, you may, at times, be a little bored.
Entertainment (of its genre): 6/10
Overall Rating: 5.58/10