Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Joseph Izzo
Yi (Chloe Bennet) is a teenage girl, who recently lost her father, finds a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in an urban Chinese city. Yi and her friends start on a journey to take the Yeti (Everest) back home.
Yi is a teenage violin prodigy like her father. Her father recently died and she is struggling to deal with her grief. She isolates herself from her family and friends. She has a hide away spot on the roof of her apartment building where she keeps her closest belongings. It includes her father’s violin, a picture of the two of them, and postcards of places he wanted to take her. A yeti (Joseph Izzo) escapes from a local collector of rare animals. Yi finds him on the roof of her building. They form a bond and she decides to help him get to his home- Mount Everest. Two of the friends she had distanced herself from decide to help her get Everest back home. They travel thousands of miles on good luck and magical abilities of the Yeti and ultimately of Yi. The Yeti somehow takes Yi to every place in the postcards her Dad gave her. She doesn’t realize it until the very last stop before getting to Mount Everest. There she finds her way and is able to process her grief. There are lots of bonding moments while the rare animal collector and his crew try to stop them and take the Yeti back.
It was a good movie. My seven year old loved it. It was very entertaining. The part with the blueberries was hilarious. There was a strong emotional connection for me because my mother died when I was young adult. Her feelings of guilt and difficulty processing the grief hit home for me. In the end she finds her way and you walk away feeling content and happy that she got herself, her friends, and her family back.
This is an animated movie so it really comes down to the sound of their voices and inflection. Yi really was able to impart her sadness and grief. It was distracting that I immediately recognized her voice from Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.
It was a predictable kid movie but was still entertaining. Enjoyable, sad, and funny all at the same time. Kid humor with some additional scenes for the older crowd (the whomp snakes were particularly funny).
Now a days all animated films are exceptionally done. These are not the crappy animated films of my childhood (late 70s and early 80s).
Should You Go See This Movie?
Taking kids- absolutely. If you are planning on seeing it with a group of adults- wait and watch it on Netflix. Fun and entertaining when you are at home and looking for something to pass the time.