Review: ABOMINABLE Has A Frozen Heart


Abominable is silly enough to please little kids, but lacks the substance to please the adults that accompany them, or even their older siblings.
Technical Merit

Abominable, a new co-production between Dreamworks and Chinese animation studio Pearl, is another animated film focusing on the myth of the Yeti. However, unlike last year’s more enjoyable Smallfoot, Abominable is lacking in any originality or cleverness that would make the movie appeal beyond its core audience of young children.

The film tells the story of a young girl who finds a Yeti hiding on her rooftop and must band together with her friends to help him return home to his family. A straightforward adventure arc, the story is weighed down by the inclusion of a forced antagonist. The main conflict of the movie comes in the form of a wealthy collector hoping to capture the Yeti for his own gain. Though this does add some narrative motion to the film, there are more natural means by which this could have been accomplished.

Perhaps most disappointing about the movie is that the humor is overly sophomoric and unlikely to make any but the youngest of children amused. Even older children over the age of ten may find themselves bored by the film. Only two jokes in the movie are legitimately fun and creative, but those are likely to go over the head of the target audience. At least the parents who accompany their kids will have a brief reprieve from the dullness of the story.

Even the message of the film is unoriginal. At the core of the movie is the idea of family and how important it is to our identities. While this is a positive message to be heard by young children, it has been done in more effective ways by more entertaining movies in the past, but even the message that is there feels insignificant within the context of the film. The filmmakers seemed more concerned with making a cute movie about a girl rescuing a Yeti than something with actual meaning.

abominable day

In the second half of the film, the protagonist Yi becomes a much more interesting character, but for much of the beginning, she is a relatively generic lead. However, thanks to a stronger backstory that begins to get explored in depth around the midway point involving the character’s relationship with her late father, the movie is able to create a legitimate emotional core with some impact.

The voice cast of the film only has three particularly notable names in it: Chloe Bennett, who voices the protagonist, and Eddie Izzard and Sarah Paulson, who lend their voices to the antagonists. Although all three are fine, it is the supporting cast, comprised mostly of relative unknowns, that is more impressive. The few effective bits of humor in the movie are thanks to the charm of the delivery of the performers.

The animation of the film is a bit of a mixed bag as well. On one hand, the settings created for the movie are absolutely gorgeous. The locations in which the film takes place are so beautiful that it is easy to get distracted by them and lose track of the main action taking place. That said, the character design isn’t all that great. Although the characters aren’t overly cartoonish, they also aren’t particularly photo-realistic, existing in that uncanny middle ground that will draw the audience out of the movie.

For the most part, Abominable is a massive disappointment. Despite some well-animated scenery, the film lacks humor or legitimate heart, preventing it from reaching the heights of its potential. Families with older kids will want to sit this one out, and those with younger children wouldn’t be missing anything by waiting to rent it in a few months.

Abominable opens in theaters on September 27.


Lucifer Season 4 Recap | Netflix

Get caught up on the last season of Lucifer before all hell breaks loose. Season 5 Part 1 premieres August 21 only on Netflix. Watch Lucifer, only on Netflix: SUBSCRIBE: About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries…

Jungle Trekking | World’s Toughest Race

Trekking over 110 Kilometers in dense damp jungle with nothing but a compass and your teammates is just one small reason why it truly is The World’s Toughest Race. From the creator of Survivor, 66 teams descend upon Fiji to compete in the most epic global adventure race ever attempted. Bear Grylls hosts this 11-day…

ASMR from Homecoming Season 1 | Amazon Prime Video

These are the satisfying sounds from Homecoming season 1. Get ready for all of the ASMR tingles. About Homecoming: The critically-acclaimed series Homecoming returns for its second season with new twists and an exciting new star, Janelle Monáe. Her character wakes in a rowboat adrift a lake, with no memory of how she got there…

Tell Me A Story | Creating A Modern Fairy Tale | The CW

Stream new episodes of Tell Me A Story Wednesdays free only on The CW: SUBSCRIBE: About TELL ME A STORY: TELL ME A STORY takes the world's most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of this serialized…

Drag Queens Trixie Mattel & Katya React to Work It | I Like to Watch | Netflix

Drag queens Trixie Mattel and Katya react to scenes from the Netflix film 'Work It' starring Sabrina Carpenter and Liza Koshy -- in this episode of "I Like to Watch". Watch Work It, Only on Netflix: SUBSCRIBE: About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with over 193 million paid memberships…

Star Trek: Lower Decks – Premiere Special – The Ready Room

For this installment of The Ready Room, host Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) is joined by series Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer Mike McMahan and Supervising Director Barry Kelly. The trio discusses the influence of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Star Trek: Lower Decks and crafting an animated series that retains a…

The Third Day: Official Trailer | HBO

When was the last time you really let go? #TheThirdDay premieres September 14 at 9PM. #HBO Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: Created by Dennis Kelly and Felix Barrett, The Third Day is told over the first three episodes. “Summer” follows Sam, a man drawn to a mysterious Island off the British coast, who encounters…

Pose | Season 2: Breathtaking FYC | FX

"Breathtaking, Dazzling" --TIME Subscribe now for more Pose clips: Season 2 of Pose flashes forward in time to 1990. On the heels of the ballroom community establishing itself in pop culture and going mainstream, the House of Evangelista is forced to reevaluate their goals. Meanwhile, the AIDS crisis worsens and the reaction from a…
Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here