A Hilarious Lesson in Critical Thinking
Smallfoot is an ingenious lesson in critical thinking, made accessible by a CGI animation. I certainly did not expect that a children’s movie on a yeti would be as intellectually stimulating. Every child who sees Smallfoot will leave the theater a little smarter, and perhaps more curious about its surroundings. It’s also hilarious, bursts of laughter. The humor is as clever as the plot. The only drawback is the music. The songs are superficial and distract from Smallfoot’s genius . 19459009 19459004 19459007 On a cloud-clad mountain, a village of yetis lives in peace and harmony. Their whole society adheres strictly to the rules written on stones by their ancestors. Channing Tatum plays Migo, who is learning to replace his father (Danny DeVito) at the village gong. A missed training in Gong launches Migo down the mountain. The accident leads Migo to meet a legendary creature, the mythical Small Foot .
No one in the village believes Migo. The Stonekeeper (Common) is convinced that Migo has discovered a new species of yak. But his daughter, Meechee (Zendaya), has long nurtured the suspicions of life at the foot of the mountain. She and her wacky cohorts persuade Migo to find evidence of Smallfoot . Meanwhile, in a Nepali village below the clouds, a diminutive TV star (James Corden) is looking for the next big story.
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At the heart of Smallfoot is located The idea of challenging beliefs. Where do the rules come from? What happens if we do not follow them? Director Karey Kirkpatrick, who also wrote James and the Giant Peach and Over the Hedge permeates the sophistication of the characters. Migo can not go back to his life as a bell ringer. He saw something shaking the pillars of his society. The scenario of Smallpat written by Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera becomes even more impressive once Migo truly understands the ramifications of his newfound knowledge. Civilization is diminishing precariously on the brink of anarchy and chaos. The rules exist for a reason. Migos must choose between enlightenment and perhaps endanger everything that he has always loved. The foot-of-small is a child’s shot through. A toddler can watch and be entertained enormously. The film is loaded with gags. They range from practice errors to side-division interactions. One of the best jokes is the linguistic disparity between humans and the Yetis. Humans sound like squeaky mice. While the Yetis seem formidable with their grunts and crevices. This bit never gets old. One scene in particular had all the audience burst out laughing. Smallfoot explains to children that a simple linguistic incomprehension can have serious consequences.
Smallfoot would have been much better without. the annoying soundtrack. The characters start to sing constantly. It would not be a problem if the songs were not so blazing. This sounds like a marketing decision made by the filmmakers. Smallfoot needed songs matching the quality of the story. They had to be exceptional. One, a remake of “Under Pressure”, kicked my shoes. The rest is unforgettable.
Warner Bros. has a serious competitor for all the awards of animation. Small Foot marks the limit of greatness. The tedious music is a negative, but I highly recommend this film. Smallfoot has a unique history with real depth. It promotes intelligence and understanding, far superior to the usual brainless dreck aimed at children.