The idea that kids in China speak perfect English, have an interest in selfies and think nothing of traveling cross-country without their parents might strike younger viewers of “Abominable” as odd.
Yet this cultural collaboration has moments that could teach kids plenty about the similarities between nations.
Directed by Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman, the stunningly beautiful animated film follows a young girl named Yi (Chloe Bennet) who vows to get a yeti from Shanghai to Mount Everest, despite the machinations of an evil conglomerate and its acquisitive owner (Eddie Izzard). Izzard’s team wants the abominable snowman for its collection and, knowing it exists, will do anything to lock it up.
Yi finds the creature – which she names Everest – on her apartment’s roof. She pulls two friends into the plan and, together, they go on a journey across China that, frequently, is breathtaking.
Culton and Wilderman have done much with visuals, making fields pop to life, rivers flow with energy.
Like a National Geographic travelogue, “Abominable” provides a good overview of the country. A scene with the Leshan Buddha is jaw-droppingly beautiful, particularly when flowers begin to blossom once Yi plays her violin.