In traditional A Bug’s Life/Antz and The Book of Life/Coco multiple pile-up family animation style, here’s the third – count ’em! – Yeti-themed animation of the last 12 months. Hard on the heels of Smallfoot (Warners) and Missing Link (Laika), DreamWorks Animation’s Abominable is another of those co-productions with one foot in the increasingly lucrative Chinese market.
It’s the story of a teenage girl named Yi (Chloe Bennet) who finds a yeti hanging out on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai. Naming him Everest, she sets out with her chums to return him to his family in the mountains. Bad guy duties are assumed by Eddie Izzard as the voice of a dastardly yeti hunter. Incidentally, if you suspect that Chloe Bennet might be a tad, ahem, Caucasian for the role, bear in mind that this is the name she uses professionally. She’s actually of mixed-race heritage and was born Chloe Wang.