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Smallfoot is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Warner Animation Group. Based on the unpublished children’s book Yeti Tracks by Sergio Pablos, the film was co-written and directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, and stars the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, and Jimmy Tatro. The plot follows a group of Yeti who come across a human, with each species thinking the other was just a myth.

Smallfoot
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byKarey Kirkpatrick
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Karey Kirkpatrick
  • Clare Sera
Story by
  • John Requa
  • Glenn Ficarra
  • Karey Kirkpatrick
Based onYeti Tracks (unpublished)
by Sergio Pablos
Starring
Music byHeitor Pereira[1]
CinematographyStephen W. Childers
Edited byPeter Ettinger
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures[2]
Release date
  • September 28, 2018 (2018-09-28) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$80 million[4]
Box office$214.1 million[5]

Smallfoot was theatrically released in the United States on September 28, 2018 by Warner Bros. Pictures. It received a moderately positive reception from critics and grossed over $214 million worldwide.

Contents

Plot

A village of Yetis lives in isolation on the top of a mountain in the Himalayas,[6] above the clouds and hidden away from sight. Migo is a yeti who abides by the law of the ancient stones held by the Stonekeeper, the yetis' leader. Migo's father, Dorgle, projects himself through the air each morning to hit a gong with his head, believing this allows the sun to rise. While learning how to ring the gong, Migo is distracted by the Stonekeeper's daughter, Meechee, whom he has a crush on, and misses the gong, landing outside the village. There, Migo witnesses a plane crash and finds a "smallfoot" (human), whom the yetis have taken for legend. Migo runs back to tell the villagers what he saw, but has no proof. The Stonekeeper banishes him from the village.

Migo is suddenly visited by Gwangi, Kolka, and Fleem who bring him to the Smallfoot Evidentiary Society (S.E.S.), which is led by Meechee. She convinces Migo to be lowered below the clouds despite the stones telling them that there is nothing underneath. After some hesitation, Migo agrees to go, but his rope snaps and Migo falls, where he discovers land.

At a lodge called the Yak Shack, Percy Patterson is a human film-maker of wildlife documentaries, but he has lost his integrity. He meets the pilot who saw the yeti, and in a desperate attempt to regain his fame tries to convince his assistant, Brenda, to dress up as a yeti for filming. She abandons him instead. Migo arrives at the Yak Shack and unknowingly scares Percy when trying to communicate with him. Migo takes Percy with him and they stop in a cave to wait out a blizzard. Percy films Migo, narrating that the Yeti plans to eat him, but finds that the video will take 28 hours to upload. He attempts to escape. While chasing after Percy, Migo's toe becomes caught in a bear trap and Percy takes pity on him by removing the trap and bandaging Migo's wound with duct tape. Percy agrees to go with Migo and they head back up the mountain, where they are reunited with the S.E.S.

The village is confused by Percy's appearance, but happily accept him and learn about his culture, much to Stonekeeper's dismay. Afterwards, Stonekeeper takes Migo inside the palace and reveals the truth to him: yetis used to live below the clouds, but were forced away by the humans who attacked them. To keep them safe, they created the stones and the clouds below them is steam secretly made by the yetis' daily tasks to keep them hidden. In order to protect the village, Migo agrees to keep up the lie by telling the yetis that Percy, who is beginning to experience high altitude sickness, is just a hairless wild yak. Stonekeeper takes Percy and locks him in a box, so Percy will become sicker. Migo later discovers that Meechee took Percy away to return him home. Migo jumps down the mountain with Gwangi and Kolka following suit.

Percy's video of Migo has finally uploaded to great public excitement, but it makes the Yetis look wild and violent. After dropping off Percy, Meechee becomes distracted by the wonders in Kathmandu and accidentally causes a disruption. Meechee is attacked by the police, but is rescued by Gwangi, Kolka and Migo. The yetis try to make it back to the mountain, but are chased by a SWAT helicopter that is taken down by the Stonekeeper using his stones. Aside from Migo, the yetis escape to safety. Afterwards, Percy arrives on his snowmobile and reluctantly shoots Migo with a tranquilizer gun to save him. The police chase and capture what they think is Migo (actually Percy in disguise). Percy is arrested for public disturbance and fraud.

Back at the village, inside the palace, Migo and Stonekeeper explain the truth to the yetis while Migo apologizes for lying to them. Migo tells the others that even though humans may still be scared of the yetis, they should still try to communicate with them. The yetis leave the village and are confronted by the police. Percy, out performing community service, and Brenda emerge from the crowd and stand up for the yetis. The rest of the humans slowly welcome the yetis and accept them into their lives.

In a mid-credits scene, Percy is filming himself announcing his next episode of his tv show, but finds that one of his teeth are missing in his mouth due to Migo accidentally knocking one out earlier in the film.

Voice cast

  • Channing Tatum as Migo, a young male yeti who is determined to prove the existence of the Smallfoot. He has a huge crush on Meechee.
  • James Corden as Percy Patterson, a British human film-maker of wildlife documentaries trying to get back in the spotlight, who becomes Migo's Smallfoot-best friend.
  • Zendaya as Meechee, a young female yeti, the Stonekeeper's daughter, Thorp's younger sister, the leader of S.E.S., and Migo's love interest.
  • Common as Stonekeeper, the condescending yeti chief and father of Thorp and Meechee.
  • LeBron James as Gwangi, a large male yeti who is part of the S.E.S.
  • Gina Rodriguez as Kolka, a female yeti who is part of the S.E.S.
  • Danny DeVito as Dorgle, a short male yeti who is the village gong ringer and Migo's widowed father.
  • Yara Shahidi as Brenda, Percy's co-worker for his show and his morally-conscious assistant, who doesn't believe in yetis.
  • Ely Henry as Fleem, a small, obnoxious male yeti who is part of the S.E.S.
  • Jimmy Tatro as Thorp, a slow-witted male yeti who's the Stonekeeper's son and Meechee's older brother.
  • Patricia Heaton as Mama Bear, a bear that Migo and Percy encounter in a cave while waiting out a blizzard.
  • Justin Roiland as Garry, a paranoid male yeti.
  • Jack Quaid as Pilot, a human airplane pilot who crashes on the mountain and who Migo first meets.
  • Sarah Baker as Soozie's Mom, a female yeti who is the mother of Soozie (a yeti girl).

Production

 
The legend of the Yeti and an original idea by Sergio Pablos inspired the story.

Writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa conceived of Smallfoot, interested in a story about Yeti or Bigfoot; they drew inspiration from an original idea by Sergio Pablos.[7]

The concept for Smallfoot was in development before director Karey Kirkpatrick joined the project in July 2016; he viewed an animatic in which Percy was a "ski bum type". Kirkpatrick also said Meechee was undeveloped, and she was made head of the S.E.S. in rewrites.[8] Observing Brexit and a rise in nationalism, Kirkpatrick also drew inspiration:

Truth was under attack ... certainly phrases like alternative facts were being thrown around. So, it became an age of misinformation fueled by agendas that are often fueled by fear. And like, 'I want this result, and so I am skewing the truth.' That is just in the zeitgeist.[9]

On May 11, 2017, it was announced that the film was in-production with Channing Tatum, Zendaya, and Gina Rodriguez providing the lead voice roles.[10] The film was animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks, who had also provided animation for the Warner Animation Group's Storks,[11] and utilized Autodesk Maya for the animation process.[12] Ryan O'Loughlin, a DreamWorks Animation veteran, was originally the film's director, but was replaced by Kirkpatrick.[13]

Music

The score for the film was composed by Heitor Pereira. The songs were written by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. The film originally had no songs until six months into production when the suggestion of making the film a musical came from Toby Emmerich, who was recently elected as chairman of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group at the time.[14]

The songs include "Perfection" by Channing Tatum, "Wonderful Life" by Zendaya, "Percy's Pressure" by James Corden (music from the song "Under Pressure", additional lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick), "Wonderful Questions" by Tatum & Zendaya, "Let It Lie" by Common, "Moment of Truth" by CYN, and "Finally Free" by Niall Horan.[15]

Release

The film was released on September 28, 2018.[16]

Marketing

The first trailer was released on April 24, 2018.[17]

In late summer 2018, American pizza chain Chuck E. Cheese's announced that they will be the official partner of the film.[18] Marketing materials for the film, in particular a series of posters in Los Angeles advertising the cast of the film with phrases such as "Zendaya is Meechee", turned into a minor Internet meme.[19]

Home media

Smallfoot was released on Digital on iTunes, Movies Anywhere, Microsoft Store, Vudu and Amazon Prime on December 4, 2018. It was released on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-Ray 3D, 4K Ultra and Digital Copy on December 11, 2018.[20] The releases also included a short film, titled Super Soozie.

Reception

Box office

Smallfoot grossed $83.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $130.9 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $214.1 million.[5]

In the United States and Canada, Smallfoot was released alongside Night School, Little Women and Hell Fest, and was projected to gross $25–30 million from 4,131 theaters in its opening weekend.[4] The film made $6.5 million on its first day, including $850,000 from Thursday night previews, more than the Warner Animation Group's previous September release Storks ($435,000 in 2016). It went on to debut to $23 million, finishing second at the box office behind Night School.[21] It made $14.3 million in its second weekend and $9.1 million in its third, dropping 37% each time and finishing third and fifth, respectively.[22][23]

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 76% based on 115 reviews, with an average rating of 6.27/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Smallfoot offers a colorful distraction that should keep younger viewers entertained - and a story whose message might even resonate with older audiences."[24] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 60 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[25] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it 4 out of 5 stars.[21]

Accolades

Award/Event Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists January 10, 2019 Best Animated Feature Film Karey Kirkpatrick
Jason Reisig
Nominated [26]
Best Animated Female Zendaya as Meechee Nominated
Annie Awards February 2, 2019 Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production Heitor Pereira, Karey Kirkpatrick, Wayne Kirkpatrick Nominated [27]
Detroit Film Critics Society December 3, 2018 Best Animated Feature Smallfoot Nominated [28]
Heartland Film Festival October 11-21, 2018 Truly Moving Picture Award Won [29]
Hollywood Music in Media Awards November 14, 2018 Original Score – Animated Film Heitor Pereira Nominated [30]
Original Song – Animated Film Niall Horan Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards March 23, 2019 Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie Channing Tatum Nominated
Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie Zendaya Nominated
Yara Shahidi Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards February 5, 2019 Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Henrik Karlsson, Theo Vandernoot, Martin Furness, Dmitriy Kolesnik Nominated [31]

Possible sequel

Writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have expressed hope for a sequel, with Requa stating that they "could make a whole other movie just on that shtick that we came up with". Ficarra added "Hopefully, we are lucky enough to be in that position. But you have to wait for the world to digest it to a certain extent... We have a myriad of ideas. Just in the discarded notions that we have entertained over the last 6 years."[32]

See also

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