It’s rare for Little O to be up for watching a full film at home. He has a short attention span and home has many interesting toys to get distracted by. When we saw Abominable come up on our movie subscription package we decided to give it a go as a family and see if us all watching something together and really engaged would work.
Since Yi’s (Chloe Bennet) dad died she’s been avoiding her mother and grandmother in favour of secretly taking on loads of part time jobs to earn enough money to complete the travels they were supposed to go on together. She’s also stopped playing her beloved violin. One night she comes across a Yeti that has escaped from the clutches of, Mr Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy businessman who collects rare animals.
Yi and the yeti, who she names Everest, immediately bond and she decides she must help him to find his way home. Along for the ride are her friend, Peng (Albert Tsai) and his popular cousin, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor). It won’t be easy though. The journey across China from Shanghai to the Himalayas is long and treacherous and Burnish and his top scientist Dr Zara (Sarah Paulson) are hot on their trail.
There is a lot to love about Abominable. Everest is adorable and funny and the friendship between the three teenage leads is charming. The animation is also absolutely beautiful. There is a scene where Everest uses his power over nature to create a sort of ocean of leaves for the group to surf on that took my breath away. It’s not a very original story and probably not a memorable one but Little O watched and enjoyed the whole thing. He is often easily frightened by films but this was very age appropriate for a four year old and I imagine we’ll be watching it again.