The film was a challenge as it was a children’s’ animated film. Many had not seen an animated children’s film and were surprised to find it enjoyable and entertaining.
When teenage Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin and Peng name him "Everest" and embark on a quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.
The film was advertised as Animation, Adventure, Comedy. It certainly was an adventure story for the children involved but we did not agree that it is a comedy. There are a couple of humorous moments worthy of a chuckle, but these did not turn the film into a comedy.
In talking about the film we thought about it like an old style “goodies and baddies” film. There were the children trying to save the yet – the goodies – and a scientist and a collector of unique things, both of whom wanted to capture the yeti for their own less than worthy purposes – the baddies. As part of the quest, almost all the characters grew – Yi grew to understand that her dead father was always with her, Jin learns that there is more to life than clothes and girls. Even the selfish collector learns that the yeti needs to return to his own home. And the children as a group learn about persistence.
Most of the class rated it as either 3 or 4 out of 5.
Our film for discussion in November is “Downton Abbey”. There are also a couple of other films screening at BPACC that could be of interest – “The Australian Dream” which is the Adam Goodes documentary, and “Ride Like a Girl” Michelle Paine’s story and we may have time to talk about these if any of the group have seen them. Anyone who has watched any of these films is welcome to join us on 13 November at 1:30 in the library to join in the discussion.