Abominable - B
Rated PG, 97 minutes
The charming, fun new animated film "Abominable" is about a creature accustomed to frigid temperatures, but it will leave you with nothing but warm fuzzies. The fantasy comedy is about a group of teens who must help a Yeti named Everest find his way home; it's nothing new but it will certainly please the young set.
When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai) name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.
"Abominable" is an enjoyable, light-hearted look at friendship, family and to some degree, the ways in which we deal with grief. It's nothing groundbreaking in terms of story or animation, but it's colorful touches and heart is almost as big as the Yeti himself. It's written and directed by animator Jill Culton in her feature debut as director and writer, with some nice voice work by the cast, particularly "American Horror Story's" Paulson and comedian Izzard as the chief protagonists.
The second act tends to wander in a too few many directions, but Culton nicely brings it back around with some nice touches, and a good use of one of my favorite Coldplay songs, "Fix You," as a way to help young Yi deal with her grief. Along the way, there are some funny moments, thanks to her friends Jin, Peng, as well as her diminutive grandmother Nai Nai (Tsai Chin).
"Abominable" goes into frigid, snowy territory to get Everest home, but it'll leave you with a warm and fuzzy smile and a good message. The kids will still enjoy it the most, but there's nothing wrong with that.