10 cool facts from the new animation flick Smallfoot

2018-09-26 14:46
A scene in the movie Smallfoot. (Warner Bros)

Cape Town - An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.  

Smallfoot is a classic hero’s journey – with a twist. Told from the Yeti’s perspective and set within an imaginative, engaging, snowy world, it’s about a quest of discovery, finding and believing in ones’ self, and developing the unlikeliest of friendships along the way.

The comedy hits South African cinemas on Friday, 28 September.

Here are some cool facts from the set and production of the flick that will tickle your fancy. 


1. The film’s yetis are between 18 and 20-feet tall (5 - 6 metres).

2. The film employed over 100 character animators.

3. Smallfoot, which features six songs, wasn’t originally conceived as a musical.

4. Six months after he became Smallfoot’s director and co-screenwriter, Karey Kirkpatrick took on the task of writing the film’s songs, along with his brother Wayne.

5. Singer/songwriter Niall Horan, from One Direction, performs the original new song Finally Free, which became the first single from the soundtrack.  


6. The song Percy’s Pressure, performed by James Corden, is an adaptation of the song Under Pressure, immortalised by Queen and David Bowie, with additional lyrics by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick. Karey wrote a letter to the surviving members of Queen and to David Bowie’s estate, seeking permission to write new lyrics to Under Pressure.

7. The filmmakers rendered millions of strands of hair for the principal characters.

8. The yeti mountain contains 75 530 pieces of geometry – the computer-generated “skeleton” upon which the mountain was rendered.

9. The smallfoot city has 341 389 pieces of geometry; 30 000 local lights – and 11.3 million unique pieces of simulated snow.

10. The production developed a new snow system called “Katyusha” – named for a famous soviet WW2 rocket launcher. The system gave the filmmakers a high resolution of granular snow without overwhelming memory or speed on any one machine.

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