Warner Bros. unveiled the first trailer for Smallfoot, an animated Yeti adventure film. Disney and Pixar are undoubtedly the biggest powerhouses in the realm of animated family-friendly movies, but they aren’t the only successful animation studios in Hollywood. Illumination Entertainment has made serious strides in recent years with their Despicable Me series – which spawned the Minions movie that grossed over $1 billion. Plus, DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox Animation have also had their share of hits. Another competitor is Warner Animation Group, which has produced recent hits like The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie.
Aside from their LEGO-based franchise, though, WAG also released Storks in 2016 to a respectable $182.4 million box office gross and decent reviews. Building off these successes, the animation studio has a whole lineup of films planned for the coming years, including further LEGO installments, an animated Scooby-Doo movie, and a feature focused on classic cartoon family The Jetsons. However, their next original project is titled Smallfoot, and will arrive in the later half of 2018.
Today, Warner Bros. unveiled the first teaser trailer for Smallfoot [above], as well as a batch of posters that introduce viewers to the characters voiced by the film’s all-star cast. Smallfoot stars Channing Tatum as a Yeti named Migo, James Corden as a human named Percy, Zendaya as Meechee, Danny Devito as Dorgle, Common as Stonekeeper, LeBron James as Gwangi, Gina Rodriguez as Kolka, Ely Henry as Fleem, Jimmy Tatro as Thorp, and Yara Shahidi as the only other human, Brenda. Take a look at the posters, and two stills from Smallfoot released by People, below:
Smallfoot was written and directed by Karey Kirkpatrick (Over the Hedge, Chicken Run), based on a script by Sergio Pablos (Despicable Me). The movie flips the legend of Bigfoot on its head and instead follows a young Yeti, Tatum’s Migo, who discovers that the “smallfoot” – what they call humans – is real, rather than a tall tale passed down through generations in the snowy village he calls home. His discovery sets him on a new adventure, as the revelation that the smallfoot is real sends his small Yeti community into disarray.
In an interview with People previewing Smallfoot, Tatum offered some details about the humor and animation style moviegoers can expect from the family-friendly flick:
“There’s a certain style and tone in Smallfoot that is reminiscent of old-school Looney Tunes, which I was completely in love with as a kid. It’s kinda how me and my daughter play. She loves physical comedy, like when I fall over something and act like I hurt myself. She’s a sucker for a good pratfall.”
While it’s unclear whether Smallfoot will be a success for WAG, either in terms of critical reception or box office gross, the project has assembled a talented team both in the recording booth and behind the scenes. Both Kirkpatrick and Pablos have plenty of experience in the animated realm of Hollywood, so it’s likely Smallfoot will reap the benefits of what they’ve learned on past projects. Plus, with plenty of recognizable names in the cast, Smallfoot may prove to entice both young kids and their parents to movie theaters once the film opens late next year.
Source: Warner Bros., People
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