click to enlarge DreamWorks Animation Abominable Abominable **1/2 It’s a story about a young person heartbroken by a father’s absence, who finds companionship in the form of a mysterious creature with the magical ability to rejuvenate dying plants, and which is hiding out from research scientists; the young person then undertakes a risky journey to get the creature back home. If that sounds familiar, it’s because you can’t spell “yeti” without “E.T.” Writer/director Jill Culton (Open Season) sets her animated variation in China, where teenager Yi (Chole Bennet) is the young person, and a young yeti she calls Everest is the creature she wants to get back to his Himalayan habitat, even as she grieves for her dad. And it’s perfectly cute, with its round-faced snow “monster” providing a pleasant companion for Yi and her two assisting neighbors (Tenzing Norgay Trainor and Albert Tsai), while Eddie Izzard and Sarah Paulson voice the pursuing antagonists. Yet despite ample chuckles, lively action and the goofy inclusion of whooping snakes, it’s impossible to avoid noticing how safe and familiar the entire narrative arc is. At least they didn’t have to worry about licensing when Yi feeds Everest bao instead of Reese’s Pieces. Opens… Read full this story
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