Courtney Howard is a LAFCA, CCA, OFCS and AWFJ member, as well as a Rotten Tomatometer-approved film critic. Her work has been published on Variety, She Knows and Awards Circuit.
Courtney Howard // Film Critic
Animated musical adventures are always absolute fun. They make your toes tap and eyes widen in amazement at all the beauty on screen. There’s also an inherent uplifting quality about them that makes us want to belt out our own wants, needs and yearnings in musical form.
If there’s anyone who can carry us away it’s the combined forces of Zendaya and the songwriters and directors of SMALLFOOT. She intros the sweetly sentimental song in the video below. It’s what many in the biz call the character’s “I Want” moment.
Take a look:
If you’re unfamiliar with the film’s premise, let me fill you in. Happy-go-lucky yeti Migo (voiced by Channing Tatum) sees something he’s been told for decades doesn’t exist – a human. This sighting sparks a latent curiosity in himself, but one that’s apparently always been there for his intelligent, fearless crush Meechee (voiced by Zendaya). Here, she assures him that it’s okay to be curious because the world offers these things to explore.
I will guarantee you parents will be learning this song starting today and have it memorized by the time the film is released at the end of September. I mean, everyone loves Zendaya, who was part of last year’s blockbuster movie musical THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, right?
The film is directed by Karey Kirkpatrick (OVER THE HEDGE) and co-director Jason Reisig (TROLLS) and written by Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera (BLENDED), based on the book Yeti Tracks, by Sergio Pablos.
SMALLFOOT is in theaters on September 28.