By BOB PALMER,
Sometimes you just have to do it. You may need to entertain the children or grandchildren for an afternoon. Also, there is nothing wrong with seeking a little entertainment for yourself. “Smallfoot” may not win an Academy Award for best acting, but this 3D animated movie offers a nice flip on a familiar theme.
Based on the book, “Yeti Tracks,” instead of humans attempting to prove mythical mountain creatures called yetis – think Bigfoot’s Himmelman cousin – this show features a curious yeti wants to prove to the tribe that humans exist. Migo, voiced by Channing Tatum, calls his discovery, “Smallfoot.” 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, who feels that her father does not listen to her. She convinces Migo to go along with their plan of going below the clouds despite the stones telling them that there is nothing underneath (“Wonderful Life”). After some hesitation, Migo agrees to go, but the rope he is tied to snaps and Migo falls through the clouds where he discovers land underneath.
The cast includes Danny DeVito and LeBron James making for some interesting vocal contrasts. You will also hear James Corden, Zendaya, Common and Gina Rodriguez. Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, “Smallfoot” moves at a good clip and will keep you entertained.
A team of seven writers, including Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera produced the screenplay. Rotten Tomatoes gives “Smallfoot” an impressive 71 percent rating. The show is also in second place for box office revenue at $23.2 million.
“Smallfoot” was theatrically released, in the United States on September 28, 2018 by Warner Bros. Pictures. It received lukewarm reviews from critics and has grossed over $42 million worldwide.
Rated G, “Smallfoot” has a 96-minute run time. For showtimes, see the ad on this page or go to www. Jimplecute1848.com.
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