DreamWorks Animation have an outstanding record when to comes to creating unforgettable characters.
A green ogre and his wise-cracking donkey- Shrek.
A Kung Fu Panda? Check
A Boss Baby and Dragons you can train are just a handful of the brilliant original titles and now their latest brings us a classic creature, a young Yeti named Everest who has been separated from his family and needs to get home to the Himalayas, with the help of a plucky teenage girl named Yi and her neighbour Jin and his cousin Peng.
A collaboration between the US arm of DreamWorks and their Chinese counterparts, Abominable gives us a tour of China on a grand scale, from the crowded inner city of Shanghai to the distant countryside, with rivers and mountains in between offering a gorgeous cultural tour of a rarely glimpsed landscape.
Similarly, the characters feel fresh. Three unashamedly Asian kids voiced by actual Asian actors, one of whom is the grandson of the first Sherpa to reach the summit of Everest back in 1953.
The writer Jill Culton, who has also directed (alongside co-director Todd Wilderman), has constructed an exquisitely vibrant looking animation that draws influences from ET to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and, with the help of slapstick comedy, eastern mysticism and a violin, made an immensely enjoyable film to watch with the whole family.
I can’t wait for my daughter to see Abominable.
4 Stars. A Magical Family Film