Adapted from the book Yeti Tracks by Sergio Pablos, Smallfoot explores the world of the Yetis — often referred to as mythical creatures because of the ambiguity that surrounds their existence. In the film, the Yeti community leads a sheltered life, nestled away on a snowy mountain top, above the clouds in the Himalayas. Migo (voiceover Channing Tatum) is a happy-go-lucky Yeti, who is happy to follow his father Dorgle’s (voiceover Danny DeVito) footsteps in becoming the village’s future gong ringer. One day he accidentally runs into a human and is amazed to discover that a ‘smallfoot’ really does exist. The news is met with scepticism and incredulity by the tribe’s leader Stonekeeper (voiceover Common), who banishes Migo from the village. The rest of the film follows the gentle giant’s journey as he searches for the elusive smallfoot and the adventures undergoes as he discovers humans and their way of life.
The unlikely friendship between Migo and the human Percy (voiceover James Corden) is heart-warming as both come to terms with the other’s quirks and character traits, and discover the meaning of true friendship. Director Karey Kirkpatrick has given enough screen space to the supporting characters as well — Migo’s supportive friends Meechee (voiceover Zendaya), Fleem (voiceover Ely Henry) and Gwangi (LeBron James) — who have some of the funniest lines in the movie.
The animation is delightful without being over the top and the makers give out two messages to children — the film’s main audience — that if you persevere and set your mind to something, you can achieve it no matter how many roadblocks you encounter. And no matter what has happened in the past, humans can co-exist with other species if they really want to. It also makes one question whether being blissfully unaware is a boon or bane. With catchy songs and fun moments, the film is enjoyable although the length does get a little tedious towards the end. The script is pretty straightforward and will keep kids entertained although it may not find many adult takers.