Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot (or more precisely, the Abominable Snowman) legend on its ear in this entertaining, family-friendly animated comedy musical from the director of Over the Hedge.
The Production: 4/5
When a human crash lands his plane atop a mountain inhabited by Yetis, Migo (voiced by Chaning Tatum) takes it upon himself to prove to his community that smallfoots (humans) actually exist and that the world, as they know it, is about to change. But the community, lead by the Stonekeeper (voiced by Common), doesn’t like change, leading to Migo’s banishment. In searching for clues to the existence of humans, he comes across a group of outcasts, the S.E.S. (Smallfoot Evidentiary Society). Its leader, Meechee (voiced by Zendaya), who also happens to be the Stonekeeper’s daughter, convince Migo to travel down the mountain, beyond the clouds, and bring back a specimen. And that he does, in down on his luck nature show host Percy (voiced by James Corden), who has been hoping to find something so outrageous to drive up the ratings on his struggling show. This does not sit well with the Stonekeeper, who tries to prove that Migo is a fraud.
The movie’s underlying messages on tolerance, division, conformity, and the courage to question authority are strong enough to get through to most audiences without being too overly blatant or preachy. There is a great deal of humor in the film, much of it an homage to the classic Looney Tunes from Warner’s golden age of animation, and the popular music will likely appeal to both adults and children alike.
3D Rating: NA
Warner’s 1080p AVC-encoded transfer retains the film’s original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1, and is, in a word, fantastic. Colors are bold and vivid, with lots of pop where necessary. Detail is strong, from the small hairs of the Yeti characters blowing in the breeze to textures in the rock formations. Contrast is excellent, with deep blacks and crisp whites with no noticeable crushing or clipping.
This is the second Warner release on Blu-ray that I have reviewed that received a 7.1 theatrical mix but only gets a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix on Blu-ray. That being said, the 5.1 mix provided is very good with very active surrounds, such as wind and other fun sounds that pan seamlessly from front to back and vice versa, plus a nice wide front soundstage with excellent stereo separation. LFE is well utilized, assisting with the pounding footsteps of the behemoth Yetis and Mammoths in the film, as well as avalanches and plane crashes. Dialogue is clear and understandable throughout.
Special Features: 3/5
Yeti Set Go Sing-Along Edition (1080p; 96:20): The movie with sing-along on-screen lyrics and other trivia and activity hints. This is a separate encode of the movie at a slightly lower bitrate and with a Dolby Digital 5.1 track encoded at 640 kbps.
Super Soozie Mini Movie (1080p; 2:22): Young Yeti Soozie goes on an adventure.
Migo in The Secret of the Yeti Stones (1080p; 3:43): This appears that it could be an alternate opening to the movie, as it is told almost exclusively in rough storyboard form.
Yeti or Not, Here They Come! Imagining “Smallfoot” (1080p; 5:58): A very brief look at the making of the film.
Finally Free Music Video performed by Niall Horan (1080p; 3:26)
Moment of Truth Music Video performed by Cyn (1080p; 3:58)
Wonderful Life: In 28 Languages, Sung Around the World Music Video (1080p; 3:11)
Turn Off Your Cell Phone Promo Video (1080p; 0:36)
Artifact #17: The Scroll of Wisdom Promo Video (1080p; 0:25)
Artifact #31: The Smallfoot Cocoon Promo Video (1080p; 0:30)
Artifact #54: The Singing Stone Promo Video (1080p; 0:30)
Migonada Promo Video (1080p; 0:54)
DVD Copy: The movie in 480p and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, plus the Yeti or Not, Here They Come! Imagining “Smallfoot” featurette.
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Digital Copy: An insert contains a code to redeem a digital copy on Movies Anywhere.
Smallfoot is a fun, family-friendly animated film, and Warner’s Blu-ray presentation has impressive video and audio, although it seems to be missing the 7.1 theatrical mix.