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Film Review: ‘Smallfoot’ Delights Its Viewers with a Positive Message of Inclusion and Understanding

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smallfoot posterIn a time where diversity and inclusion are fighting to get to the forefront of companies and screens everywhere, Warner Bros. takes a breath of fresh air with their beautifully told and undeniably pleasant “Smallfoot.”  With the backdrop of majestic music, “Smallfoot” takes a chance, teaching our children about trying to understand those who are different from us, and show them how to make the first steps in learning about those individuals.  Anchored by the voice talents of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, and Danny DeVito, the film presents itself as an innocent and honest piece of family enjoyment with a deeply felt message.

Smallfoot,” tells the story of a Yeti named Migo (Tatum) who is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” really do exist.  When he finally encounters one named Percy (Corden), a TV host is looking for his next viral sensation, Migo and his band of friends try to open their village’s minds to these new creatures and what they stand for.

Delightfully gleeful, the animated gem embraces the innocence of its audience and gives them exactly what they want.  Heavy on slapstick in the first half (perhaps a bit too much), the film makes a sincere transition to complex, substantial themes before landing in an utterly gratifying position.  Slipping in and out of a song, the film rests on its simplistic story, asking and encouraging its viewers to indulge with its whimsical and perfectly pleasant execution.

smallfoot mainBig numbers like “Wonderful Life” and “Moment of Truth” will be numbers that the kids will certainly hum on the way out but adults will find substance and grit in “Let It Lie,” a rap song performed by Common, that raises itself as one the year’s most pivotal musical moments.  Same can be said for “Percy’s Pressure” (performed by James Corden), a spoof on Queen’s hit song “Under Pressure” that garners enormous chuckles.

Smallfoot” surprises.  Co-directors Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig create a movie with a ton heart, blanketed with confidence and honesty that stands out in a year of seemingly sub-standard animation.  It’s something for the whole family to enjoy from start to finish.

“Smallfoot” is distributed by Warner Bros. and is currently in theaters.

GRADE: (★½)

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.

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