Movie Review: 'Smallfoot' - An Overlooked Treasure, A Genuine Pleasure

Plot Summary:
Smallfoot turns the legend of Bigfoot on its head by telling the Yeti's side of the story! As a lovable Yeti (Channing Tatum) and a desperate human (James Corden) discover each other, both characters' beliefs about the world and commitment to the truth will be put to the test!

Why It Makes My List:
This film is perfectly wholesome, refreshingly original and has a soundtrack that will have your kids singing along and asking to 'play it one more time!'  More than that, in a fun, sometimes silly way, the film inspires us to seek truth, look for the good in others and do what is right!

Other Reasons to Watch:
  1. Terrific Casting: Channing Tatum may not jump out at you as the best choice for a young, enthusiastic Yeti trying to tell the truth, but he was Terrific! All the casting in this fun-loving film was really spot-on but they nailed it with he and James Corden, who plays the 'smallfoot' Percy. 
  2. Powerful, Relevant Messages: The film emphasizes the importance of not just accepting prejudice or the way things are as unchangeable or 'true' but instead asking questions, seeking truth and then sticking to it no matter what. It also demonstrates the need to see the good in others, reach across social barriers, and the adage that actions often speak louder than words. These are all messages that I can stand behind and was pleased to see portrayed in film.
  3. Silly Fun without Stupidity: Much of the entertainment directed at children these days portrays parents as brainless idiots, children as rude know-it-alls, and most other characters as stupid or wildly over-the-top. Smallfoot's characters are sometimes silly, but certainly not stupid, the humor is fun but not inappropriate, and through song and story convey a meaningful message in an entertaining way. 
Reason to Pass:
  1. Nothing Comes to Mind...
Smallfoot is available to watch here
As always, I recommend checking out the Parents Guide just so that you are aware of any potentially objectionable material before deciding whether to watch it.