'Abominable' Review: A Familiar But Fun-Filled Story of a Magical Yeti’s Way Back Home
Friday, September 27, 2019 18:07 IST
By Shaurya Thakur, Santa Banta News Network
`I will make sure you get home, back to your family.`

Cast: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin, Michelle Wong

Director: Jill Culton

Rating: ***

Jill Culton is a veteran in the world of animation having worked on movies like `Toy Story,` `Shrek,` and `A Bug's Life.` With `Abominable` (which she also wrote) she finally gets to helm the director's chair after `Open Season.` Unfortunately, someone, as experienced as Jill Cotton, brings a story we've seen before many times. But one can't deny the invariable charm of this animated feature as it wins you over despite its shortcomings.

`Abominable` starts as the story of a Shanghai teen Yi (voiced by Chloe Bennet) who is a rebel with a cause. Except for her violin, pop culture and other mainstream stuff are of no interest to her. She makes do with doing menial jobs for others, saving up for a trip she was supposed to take with her father who eventually passed away. She has successfully managed to isolate herself, residing in a fort-like home at the roof of her house.

All is hunky-dory for Yi, who is on her way to a sizeable sum of money unless the arrival of a mysterious Yeti leaves her in shock and awe. She names the Yeti 'Everest' and along with her friends/reluctant companions Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai) vows to return the Yeti to its home. In doing so, she finds the sense of adventure she has always longed for and reconnects with her love for music. Yeti and co don't realize that close to their heels is an evil millionaire Burnish (Eddie Izzard) and his cohort zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson)

Jill Culton's `Abominable` is the middle child of `E.T` and `King Kong` which in spite of its played beats does fail to deliver episodic delights the course of the movie. The visual gags are juvenile, but sweet nonetheless. From the lights of Shanghai to the magical valley of flowers, the visuals fill the hearts of both children and adults with love and warmth with animation bringing alive. Overall, this tale of a lost child finding its home will bring tears in your eyes and a smile to your face.
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