ABC Film Challenge – Animation – Y – A Yeti Adventure (2017)
Director: Pierre Greco, Nancy Florence Savard
Writer: Pierre Greco, Andre Morency (Screenplay)
Starring: (Voice Talents) Sylvie Moreau, Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Rachid Badouri, Alexandrine Warren, Stephane Crete
Plot: Quebec City, 1956. Nelly Maloye, an ebullient novice detective, accidentally crosses paths with Simon Picard. An ambitious research assistant in anthropology at the local university. Backed by a glory-seeking philanthropist, the intuitive but disorganized Nelly and the methodical. Obsessive Simon set off on a wild adventure, determined to prove the existence of the Abominable Snowman.
To achieve this goal, Simon relies on the coded diary of a missing explorer – a diary that should lead them to the mythic creature’s lair. Accompanied by Tenzig Gombu, a clever and enigmatic young Sherpa guide, and Jazzmin. A talkative myna bird, our heroes confront a host of dangers in the heart of the Himalayas as they seek that legendary beast: the Yeti.
Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Fun Family Animation
Story: A Yeti Adventure starts as Nelly Maloye a private detective is escaping her latest case. Seeing her end up in the middle rich heir Edward Martineau wanting to funding a yeti search to help ambition young scientist Simon Picard. Who has 3 months to locate a yeti to prove his theory.
Once Simon and Nelly arrive in Nepal, they are joined by Sherpa Tensing Gombu. The grandson of the one that was involved in the closest case to locating a yeti in the past, one he was lost on.
Thoughts on A Yeti Adventure
Simon Picard is a scientist who has been trying to link the evolution line of humans to the yeti and other missing link for years. His research has got him nowhere, given 3 months to find real proof. He must travel to Nepal to prove they are real. He reluctantly goes on this adventure, where he follows his heroes footsteps to try and learn the truth.
Nelly Maloye is the private detective that finds herself getting in more trouble than solving problems. She will jump in headfirst to help Simon locate the Yeti. Tensing Gombu is the grandson of the Sherpa who was lost before. He sees this as a chance to honour his Grandfather’s memory.
Edward Martineau is the rich heir that wants to discover the yeti to give him his own money-making idea. Typical rich person, doesn’t do any of the work before trying to claim the credit.
The story follows an ambitious scientist who needs to prove Yetis are real. Joining forces with a plucky detective to discover the truth in the Himalayas. This is a story about trying to chase your dreams, while also doing the right thing.
We get the warning about what would happen in humans learnt about a new species on the planet. And how they would use it for their own greed. Of the serious side of everything, we do get to see just how a misfit couple could work together to make the right decision. While having an adventure of a lifetime too.
Adventure/Comedy – The adventure takes out characters to the Himalayas for the first search for yetis, it does show how people can thrive outside of their comfort zones, with the comedy covering up and real danger the mission will put them on.
Settings – The film does takes us from the museum, which would be the safe place for Simon to the Himalayas, a place filled with danger, both locations work in the evolution of the character.
Animation – The animation does have its own style, which is different to most that we see nowadays, it does work for the large scale shots, giving everything a more artistic look rather than a full computer animated style.
Scene of the Movie – The reality of the discovery scene.
That Moment That Annoyed Me – The looping travelling.
Final Thoughts – This is a fun adventure film, even if it does have a surprising serious side to the message it is getting across.
Overall: Enjoyable Adventure.