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.
Are you ‘yeti’ for Smallfoot? Tell us in the comments on what you think!
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 trilogy, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt.
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