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Warner Twists the Bigfoot Legend in the ‘Smallfoot’ Teaser Trailer

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Yeit or not, here they come! Warner Bros. has released the first teaser trailer for Smallfoot, the upcoming animated feature from the mind of Despicable Me creator Sergio Pablos.

Produced by Warner Animation Group, Smallfoot puts a twist on the classic Bigfoot legend, where Migo the yeti (voiced by Channing Tatum of The Lego Batman Movie) discovers that the mysterious and hideous creatures known as “smallfoots” (which are actually humans) are real, which brings fear to the yeti community. In a way, this could be WAG’s spiritual successor to Storks, with the modern folklore twist, and the cartoony CG animation provided by Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Joining Tatum in the cast includes James Corden (The Emoji Movie) as Percy the Smallfoot, Zendaya (Duck Duck Goose), Danny DeVito (The Lorax), Gina Rodriguez (Ferdinand), rapper Common, and NBA player LeBron James. Pablos’ story is being adapted by the film’s director Karey Kirkpatrick, who is best known as the Annie Award-winning director of Over the Hedge, and the Annie-nominated screenwriter of Chicken Run and James and the Giant Peach. Despicable Me composer Heitor Pereira will provide the music.

It’s worth noting that DreamWorks Animation is also producing a yeti-themed animated film with 2019’s Everest, which Tim Johnson is directing. Coincidently, Kirkpatrick and Johnson both directed Over the Hedge, so this could be an interesting case of dueling movies.

With this trailer, it’s rather clever how it sets up the premise of yetis in fear of humans, and it could open up to many comedic possibilities with that situation. I am a fan of Storks, and considering that Over the Hedge is one of my favorite movies, I do trust Karey Kirkpatrick in making this a fun cartoon with great humour and heart.

If you’re curious to check out Smallfoot just like I am, it will be released in North American cinemas on September 28, 2018.


Channing Tatum is Migo.
[Warner Bros. Pictures]

Are you ‘yeti’ for Smallfoot? Tell us in the comments on what you think!

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About Karl Smith

Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon series, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt. Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science graduate who is now studying Digital Design in university. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).
  • Lol that pun was too punny haha!!
    I don’t feel excited for this one but I love the cast they have and WB animation is still so awesome so I hope to be more excited once we get closer to the release 😀

  • Chelsea Warner

    Looks good.

  • The premise is quite original! Maybe if it’s received well, I’ll go check it out.

  • Dave 52

    You know, I’m liking that when Warner Animation Group isn’t doing LEGO films and are doing something original they aim for something more cartoony and in the vein of their classic shorts. The animation as well as the designs of the Yetis have a Hotel Transylvania vibe to them but a bit more smoother. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting yet it looks so delightfully weird. While the trailer wasn’t laugh out loud funny, I did find it pretty humorous and chuckle worthy when the main Yeti is telling how “frightening” the human was and what the reaction was from the other Yetis. I feel this film will be a lot like Storks in terms of tone and style where it is essentially a feature length Looney Tune that embraces the cartoon side of animation, which was one of the things that made Storks one of my favorite animated films of last year. And, with Channing Tatum stating that “There’s a certain style and tone in Smallfoot that is reminiscent of old-school Looney Tunes”, I do genuinely look forward to it.

  • Marielle

    This looks adorable! I love mountains and yetis, so if DreamWorks also makes a yeti movie in 2019, I’ll go see them both. Bring on all the yetis!

  • Ok, I really like the clever twist they put onto this
    story. I’m not a big fan of Warner Animation, but
    this can turn out to be both interesting and funny.

  • Harith Sami

    Not bad.

  • Jordan Briskin

    Based on the description, it sounds a little derivative of MONSTERS, INC., to me.

  • O/T- Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here.

  • Fluffydips

    I was sold when I heard the Chicken Run and Over The Hedge people were on it, those two were some of DreamWorks’ best.