Directed by: Jill Culton – Starring the voices of: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin, Michelle Wong
It’s not every day you meet a young Yeti on the roof of your apartment building, but that’s just what happens to Yi (Bennet) in this animated adventure.
Scared and alone, the creature is obviously distressed, so Yi, who is still mourning her father’s death, and her friends, Jin (Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Tsai) resolve to reunite him with his family.
Naming him Everest, they embark on an epic adventure to bring him home. But as is the case with all epic adventures, it doesn’t run smoothly, and they are being pursued by Burnish (Izzard) a wealthy man intent on getting his hands on Everest, and also a zoologist, Dr Zara (Paulson).
Yep, the plot really is that simple, and overall there is nothing you haven’t seen before. The voice-actors may not be as high-profile as some other offerings, but they do a good job, and are all well cast in their roles.
However, once you see that Dreamworks are involved, you know that the animation is going to be stunning, and indeed it is. They have managed to bring a realism to not only the snowy landscapes, but also to Everest, and his fur seems to move and reflect light just like you would expect in real life. And it helps that the Everest character is pretty cute.
There are also some nice scripted touches like the fact that Everest has magic powers, and can do things like produce blueberries just by humming. This helps to stop repetition kicking in, while also giving them a dramatic conceit to move the story along in certain points.
Overall, Abominable is an engaging adventure. It doesn’t quite have the double-layered dialogue that so many animations do, whereby the adults get one meaning and the children get another, but that is fine. For a family cinema outing it will work perfectly.
It does have one or two scenes that some children might find a bit on the scary side, but Abominable is generally sweet and engaging, and has all the usual messages about the importance of friendship and family that you expect from a film like this.
It’s not going to go down in the annals of classic family animation, but on a rainy autumn afternoon, it’s perfect fare for mum and dad to keep the kids amused.
In Cinemas October 11th! Trailer below: