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Smallfoot | 2018 | PG | – 1.3.1

Why is “Smallfoot” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some action, rude humor, and thematic elements.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes mainly cartoon violence with lots of tense scenes of danger and peril, falls and drops. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Animated feature with a tribe of Yetis that believe the “Smallfoot” is a myth that no one thinks is real until an accidental encounter leads one Yeti (voiced by Channing Tatum) on an adventure to prove their existence. Unfortunately, the truth will throw his community into turmoil by determining that the many rules they live by might be bogus. Also with the voices of James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito, Gina Rodriguez, Justin Roiland, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, Jimmy Tatro and Patricia Heaton. Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick & Jason Reisig. Several lines in Yeti speak are not translated (we hear deep roaring), and several lines of Smallfoot speak are not translated (we hear high-pitched squeaks). [Running Time: 1:36]

Smallfoot SEX/NUDITY 1

 – Two Yetis hold hands. Two Yetis hug. A male Yeti rests his head on a female Yeti’s shoulder. A male Yeti is distracted when he sees a female Yeti and loses his concentration (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).


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Smallfoot VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 - The Yetis vary in size with the males having horns and large teeth but not overly pointed and the females also with large teeth but not pointed and smaller in stature. We see statues of Yeti Stone Keepers with large horns and long beards.
 A man and a Yeti run out of a cave away from a large bear; the Yeti is caught in a trap and screams in pain until the man removes the trap and bandages his toe (we see a drop of blood). A man yells in a cave and when he turns around he is face-to-face with a large bear that roars at him; the bear and a Yeti argue briefly about making too much noise. A Yeti ties a man into a sleeping bag and walks through a blizzard with him; they are blown into a cave and we see that the man has become frozen like a block of ice so the Yeti builds a fire and puts the man on a spit to warm him up (the man wakes up alarmed thinking the Yeti will eat him). A Yeti and a man try to speak to each other but they cannot understand each other's language; the human throws a ski pole at the Yeti and it sticks in his forehead (there's no blood) and then tries to shoot a tranquilizer dart at him; the dart is launched into the air and ends up sticking in the man's buttock causing him to fall unconscious (when the Yeti tries to wake him by poking his face a tooth pops out of the man's mouth).
 A man begins to turn blue and quivers from cold and lack of oxygen. A man is dropped into a box made of ice and a lid is placed on it as he is carried away by a Yeti. When a Yeti bumps into a car causing it to roll and hit another car, a chain reaction is set into motion that ends with a large fireworks display and police cars speeding to the scene; the police throw cables around a Yeti's arm and when she pulls away the cable pulls a police car through the air and it slams into the side of a building. Four Yetis runs through a village from police in cars and a helicopter and another Yeti throws stones at the helicopter causing it to crash into trees (the pilot stumbles out of the wreckage OK). Men with tranquilizer guns surround a Yeti and shoot him with darts the Yeti falls face first into the snow. A man shoots a Yeti with a tranquilizer dart in the chest and the Yeti stumbles and slurs his speech.
 A large plane barrels toward a mountain side with its engines in flames, it bounces on the ground as a Yeti runs from it, he ends up on top of the plane bouncing around as he tries to hold on, he is thrown off and falls into snow as the plane nearly crashes into him; the pilot ejects and is swept away when a gust of wind catches his parachute. A Yeti is launched by a large slingshot device from a peak to a stone frame holding a large gong; the Yeti wears a stone on his head as a helmet and when he hits the gong it rings and brings the sunrise. A Yeti practices being launched to ring a gong and slams into the ground because he didn't lift his feet, slams into a stone wall and eventually sails off-course when he is distracted (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and crashes into a snow-covered patch in the distance. A Yeti launches himself toward a gong and crashes into the stone framework holding it (his helmet breaks in half but he is OK). A Yeti climbs into the broken fuselage of a plane and gets stuck, it flies through the air crashing into trees and the Yeti breaks out through the windshield, lands on a rope bridge that breaks under him and the rope splits; the Yeti holds the two ends of the rope and pulls on them until he is pinned between the two stone walls the ropes are attached to (he ends up sliding down a sheer stone wall to the ground and is OK). A Yeti in a harness attached to a rope dangles over a cliff and is lowered through a layer of clouds out of sight; another Yeti holding the rope lets it go and the first Yeti falls, the rope is stepped on by a mammoth and then it breaks; we watch the Yeti fall a long way to the ground below as he screams (he's unharmed). A Yeti pushes his way through a heavy snowstorm. A mammoth panics when it sees a human and jumps up and down nearly stomping on the man. Three Yetis fall from a mountain cliff and crash into snow below; one causes an explosion of snow that leaves a crater in the ground.
 Four Yetis walk through a dark passage and into a cave where they explore the possibility of the existence of humans. A Yeti says that he has seen a Smallfoot and he is banished from the community for lying and disobeying the "stones" (the stones with the laws of the Yeti). We see cave paintings of humans fighting Yetis (the Yetis are drawn to look like monsters with long sharp teeth and claws) and using weapons like spears and guns to kill them (several Yetis are shown lying on the ground with spears sticking out of their backs, presumably dead). A Yeti rides a mammoth into the path of another Yeti and sends him away from the village. A man is placed into a police van and taken away as the officers list off several counts (like destruction of property, etc.)
 A spider sits on a man's arm and it jumps onto his nose causing the man to panic as if the spider had bitten him and he was reacting to the venom (he was not bitten); the spider then jumps on another man's nose and the man runs into a wall hitting his head and falls to the ground (we don't see an injury). A large bird grabs a goat off the ground and flies away as the goat bleats; a Yeti throws a snowball that hits the bird and it drops the goat (no injuries are seen). A Yeti and a human see each other and scream. Yetis hang by their hands from large pieces of ice attached to a rope lift (they are stuck to the ice) and they are splashed with water when they get to their destination (this releases their stuck hand from the ice). A crashed plane slides down a snow-covered mountain side and perches on a cliff before falling over the edge (we see the wreckage later with the body of the plane broken in half). A song sequence shows two Yetis floating on a star through the sky. A Yeti twists his neck and we hear loud cracking.
 When a Yeti speaks, human characters hear only roaring and when humans speak, Yeti characters hear only squeaking sounds. A voice over refers to Yeti laws written in stone and interpreted by the stone keepers for the tribe. We see pictures of gong ringers with a variety of head injuries and their names make reference to the damage done by repeated head trauma (Mush Brain, Crush Head, etc). A man asks, "Did I lose a tooth?" A Yeti asks another Yeti, "If you die, Can I have all your possessions?" A Yeti talks about wanting to establish dominance with a human by scaring and threatening him. A Yeti talks about friends "stabbing you in the back."
 A drawing is shown of a large Yak dropping a mountain peak from under its tail (this is how the Yeti believe they came to be) and it falls to the ground. Several Yetis use their fur covered buttock to polish large pieces of ice. Yetis talk about humans putting amazing things on a scroll (it's a roll of toilet paper).


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Smallfoot LANGUAGE 1

 - 1 mild scatological term, 2 mild anatomical terms, name-calling (anxious, pesky, annoying, suckers, monsters, pathetic, jerk, fat, crazy, insane, stupidest, human savages, naïve, whacked out crazy weirdo, loser, a real pain), exclamations (holy wowness, I swear, oh boy, blimey, oh wow), 1 religious exclamation (e.g. Holy Wowness). | profanity glossary |


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Smallfoot SUBSTANCE USE

 - A man says that he has seen a Yeti and another man offers to buy him a drink (we do not see them drinking).


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Smallfoot DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Curiosity, fear of things that are strange and different, rules, asking questions, altitude sickness, greed, deception, integrity, pressure, desperation, gravity, practice, doubting, faith, hate, family, community, responsibility, finding new ideas, fame, father complex, anger issues, friends, civilization, invention, cover ups, publicity stunts, communication, duty to a community.

Smallfoot MESSAGE

 - There's more to life than meets the eye. Truth is in the eye of the beholder.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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