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.