Released: September 27th, 2019
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directors: Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman (Co-directors)
Writers: Jill Culton
Cast: Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Eddie Izzard< Sarah Paulson
Upon seeing the first trailers for this film, I wrote it off as appearing too much like a cheaper version of How to Train Your Dragon, and ultimately being a second rate cash grab by Dreamworks. I know that may seem harsh, but sometimes I am proven very much right. (It’s more 80/20 in my favor.) Now having watched Abominable, I can safely say that I was mistaken. It was a delightful animated film that did some unique things that I appreciated.
Yi, a talented musician ,and loner, discovers an escaped Yeti fleeing scientists. She and her friends decide to go on an adventure to return the lovable creature to it’s home in the Himalayan mountains.
When I think about things I dislike about a film, I am normally looking for very big issues to discuss. A movie like this doesn’t have many oversized faults.
The worst thing I can say about the film is that is very familiar, while my initial thoughts on the film may have been slightly inappropriate, there is an element of familiarity. A young person who is a bit aloof in their society befriends a unique/mysterious creature. Together they go on an adventure where they encounter several mishaps. Sometimes dealing with immoral baddies that have purposes solely of greed and or power. It follows this narrative from start to finish. If it took a few more risks, I think it could have stood out more.
The animation throughout this film is beautiful. I wouldn’t say it is top-notch for Dreamworks, but it is close.
Another thing that better Dreamworks films have is a wonderful music score and this movie is no exception.
I enjoy Europe and the Americas, I want to travel them more, but I understand also that there is a lot more world out there. That not everything is centered around the West. This movie shows us that life elsewhere isn’t so focused on what is happening in the Western Hemisphere, but rather what is influential on a local level.
The movie overall rolls by the numbers, but every now and then it makes a change and that change allows it to stand out. Add a little bit of whimsy here, or a slightly different character arc than you expected. I like when an animated movie can surprise me a little.
Overall, the whole film is likable and well-made. There isn’t anything terribly wrong with it.
An above-average animated film by Dreamworks. With a delightful mix of music whimsy, and unique charm to make it one of the better-animated films released in the last year and a half. Although not a best-animated picture worth level.
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