Smallfoot

Smallfoot

2018, PG, 106 min. Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Jason Reisig. Voices by Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito, Gina Rodriguez, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, Jimmy Tatro, Patricia Heaton.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Fri., Sept. 28, 2018

Much like Monsters, Inc., this animated children’s film inverts the common storyline about human beings’ fear of others and puts the focus on the fears that other species have for human beings – in this case, a village of yetis who live in the Himalayas, high above the clouds. A baroque system of beliefs that are literally carved into stones keeps the community happily whirring and isolated from anything that might contradict its basic tenets (i.e., an origin story in which yetis were pooped from the butt of the Great Sky Yak and that the sun is a giant snail that needs to be wakened every morning by a giant gong). The opening tune attests to their “perfect” lives but warns that the stones should not be doubted: “If you have a question, stuff it down,” they sing. The plot of Smallfoot inherently challenges the wisdom of this philosophy and sides in favor of truth and the questioning of authority. It is a film that encourages young yetis everywhere to cast off their intellectual blinders.

Migo (Tatum) is a yeti in training to take over the position of the village gongkeeper, which is currently held by his father (DeVito). Quite by accident Migo overshoots his gong target and discovers a world beyond the mountain’s edge, which the stones describe as a vast nothingness. Migo witnesses an airplane crash and a smallfoot pilot parachuting from the wreckage. Yet when he tells the villagers about his experience and his sighting of the mythic smallfoot people, the Stonekeeper (Common) banishes him from the community for contradicting its precepts. Wandering alone, Migo discovers the secretive Smallfoot Evidentiary Society, led by the Stonekeeper’s own daughter Meechee (Zendaya). In the human village below the clouds, Migo makes awkward friends with Percy (Corden), the preening television host of a nature show, who is struggling between his desire for fame and his ideal of integrity. (Corden’s lyrically reworked version of the song “Under Pressure” is a hoot.) Migo brings Percy back to the yetis to prove his assertion about the existence of the smallfoot, but the society’s center cannot hold amid the revelation of these new truths. The Stonekeeper shares with Migo the origins of the yeti myths, which were formed as self-protection against the human enemies who sought to capture and kill the gentle giants. And true enough, some rough encounters between the human and the yeti occur later in the film. A police barricade even separates the two groups at one point, trading on images recently popularized during the notorious contretemps in such places as Ferguson, Mo., and Charlottesville, Va.

Smallfoot also features some excellent physical comedy, some of which calls to mind the sight gags prevalent in the old Looney Tunes cartoons once produced by this studio (Warner Bros.). The yetis’ hairy appearance is a marvel of swaying fur, made all the more miraculous by the color gradation that allows the generally white creatures to be vividly seen against the snow and ice, although this perhaps caused some of the color inconsistencies that occur from scene to scene. (LeBron James’ big purple yeti may lend him some extra cred when he newly arrives at the L.A. Lakers sporting team colors.) All is not perfect about the way Smallfoot solves its social problems, but a kids' film that puts the lie to the Stonekeeper’s assertion that “What’s true and not true is in the eye of the beholder” is a work that carries an unexpectedly keen contemporary message.

Showtimes

Wed., Oct. 17

12:35, 3:30, 6:25, 9:20

Fri., Oct. 19

12:10, 3:20

Sat., Oct. 20

11:55am

Sun., Oct. 21

10:10am, 5:05

Mon., Oct. 22

12:40, 3:20

Tue., Oct. 23

3:20
AFA 12:40

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Wed., Oct. 17

12:30, 3:20, 6:00, 9:55

Fri., Oct. 19

11:00am, 3:00, 6:00, 10:00

Sat., Oct. 20

9:50

Sun., Oct. 21

11:50am, 2:50, 6:25, 9:00

Mon., Oct. 22

12:10, 3:05, 6:00, 8:55

Tue., Oct. 23

3:05, 6:00, 8:55
AFA 12:10

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Wed., Oct. 17

3-D, CC/DVS 6:20
CC/DVS 10:30am, 12:50, 3:30

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Wed., Oct. 17

digital 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Wed., Oct. 17

digital 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Thu., Oct. 18

digital 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30

Fri., Oct. 19

digital 9:10am, 11:50am, 2:20, 4:50

Sat., Oct. 20

digital 9:10am, 11:50am, 2:20, 4:50

Sun., Oct. 21

digital 9:10am, 11:50am, 2:20, 4:50

Mon., Oct. 22

digital 11:50am, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50

Tue., Oct. 23

digital 11:50am, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50

Wed., Oct. 17

digital 10:45am, 1:25, 4:00, 6:40, 9:20

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Wed., Oct. 17

digital 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55

Thu., Oct. 18

digital 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Oct. 17

digital 10:20am, 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:30

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Wed., Oct. 17

digital 12:45, 3:45, 6:15

Fri., Oct. 19

digital 12:45, 3:45, 6:15

Sat., Oct. 20

digital 12:40, 3:45, 6:15

Mon., Oct. 22

digital 12:40, 3:45, 6:15

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Wed., Oct. 17

1:35, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15

Fri., Oct. 19

10:30am, 1:35, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15

Sat., Oct. 20

10:30am, 1:35, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15

Sun., Oct. 21

1:35, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15

Mon., Oct. 22

1:35, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15

Tue., Oct. 23

1:35, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Wed., Oct. 17

11:00am, 1:25, 3:50, 6:15, 8:45

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Wed., Oct. 17

CC 12:40, 3:25, 9:45

Thu., Oct. 18

CC 12:15, 3:00, 6:30, 9:20

Fri., Oct. 19

CC 10:45am, 1:45

Sat., Oct. 20

CC 10:45am, 1:45

Sun., Oct. 21

CC 10:45am, 1:45

Mon., Oct. 22

CC 1:45

Tue., Oct. 23

CC 1:45

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Wed., Oct. 17

1:00, 3:35, 6:20, 9:00

Thu., Oct. 18

1:00, 3:35, 6:20, 9:00

Fri., Oct. 19

12:10, 2:35, 5:00, 7:50

Sat., Oct. 20

12:10, 2:35, 5:00, 7:50

Sun., Oct. 21

2:10, 4:35

Mon., Oct. 22

12:10, 2:35, 5:00, 7:30

Tue., Oct. 23

12:10, 3:00

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Oct. 17

CC/DVS 12:10, 2:40, 5:05, 7:25, 10:10

Fri., Oct. 19

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:00, 7:30, 10:20

Sat., Oct. 20

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:00, 7:30, 10:20

Sun., Oct. 21

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:00, 7:30, 10:20

Mon., Oct. 22

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:00, 7:30, 10:20

Tue., Oct. 23

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:00, 7:30, 10:20

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Wed., Oct. 17

11:45am, 2:05, 4:25, 7:00

Thu., Oct. 18

11:45am, 2:05, 4:25, 7:00

Fri., Oct. 19

12:20, 2:30, 7:00

Sat., Oct. 20

12:20, 2:30, 7:00

Sun., Oct. 21

12:20, 2:30, 7:00

Mon., Oct. 22

12:20, 2:30, 7:00

Tue., Oct. 23

12:20, 2:30, 7:00

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Wed., Oct. 17

CC/DVS 2:00, 4:45, 7:15

Fri., Oct. 19

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00

Sat., Oct. 20

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00

Sun., Oct. 21

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00

Mon., Oct. 22

CC/DVS 1:20, 4:00, 6:30

Tue., Oct. 23

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Oct. 17

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:35

Thu., Oct. 18

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:35

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Wed., Oct. 17

10:30am, 11:00am, 1:50, 6:00, 8:50

Thu., Oct. 18

10:30am, 11:00am, 1:50, 6:00, 8:50

Fri., Oct. 19

11:35am, 2:25, 5:15, 8:10

Sat., Oct. 20

11:35am, 2:25, 5:15, 8:10

Sun., Oct. 21

11:35am, 2:25, 5:15, 8:10

Mon., Oct. 22

12:20, 3:10, 6:00

Tue., Oct. 23

12:20, 3:10, 6:00

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Wed., Oct. 17

10:30am, 1:15, 3:15, 4:05, 5:15

Thu., Oct. 18

10:30am, 1:15, 3:15, 4:05, 5:15

Fri., Oct. 19

10:15am, 1:25, 4:15, 5:15

Sat., Oct. 20

10:15am, 1:25, 4:15, 5:15

Sun., Oct. 21

10:15am, 1:25, 4:15, 5:15

Mon., Oct. 22

10:30am, 12:15, 4:05, 5:15

Tue., Oct. 23

10:30am, 12:15, 4:05, 5:15

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Wed., Oct. 17

9:55am, 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:35

Fri., Oct. 19

10:15am, 1:00, 3:55, 6:40, 9:35

Sat., Oct. 20

10:15am, 1:00, 3:55, 6:40, 9:35

Sun., Oct. 21

10:15am, 1:00, 3:55, 6:40, 9:35

Mon., Oct. 22

10:15am, 1:00, 3:55, 6:40, 9:35

Tue., Oct. 23

10:15am, 1:00, 3:55, 6:40, 9:35

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Wed., Oct. 17

2:20, 4:50, 7:30

Thu., Oct. 18

2:20, 4:50, 7:30

Fri., Oct. 19

11:40am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 10:00

Sat., Oct. 20

11:40am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 10:00

Sun., Oct. 21

11:40am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:20

Mon., Oct. 22

2:10, 4:50, 7:20

Tue., Oct. 23

2:10, 4:50, 7:20

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Wed., Oct. 17

11:45am, 1:15, 2:20, 6:10, 8:35

Thu., Oct. 18

11:45am, 1:15, 2:20, 6:10, 8:35

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Wed., Oct. 17

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Thu., Oct. 18

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Oct. 17

CC/DVS 11:00am, 2:05, 4:25, 6:45, 9:10

Thu., Oct. 18

CC/DVS 11:00am, 2:05, 4:25, 6:00, 8:20

Fri., Oct. 19

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:20, 4:35, 6:00, 8:20

Sat., Oct. 20

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:20, 4:25, 6:00, 8:20

Sun., Oct. 21

CC/DVS 11:00am, 2:10, 4:30, 7:20, 9:40

Mon., Oct. 22

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:00, 3:45, 7:20, 9:40

Tue., Oct. 23

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:00, 3:45, 7:20, 9:40

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