Smallfoot hits theaters today and brings some great laughs and a warm hearted family fun to the theater, that everyone will enjoy. However, we found there to be so much more to think about after we watched the movie. Take a look at the 3 important themes for families from Smallfoot.
SmallFoot opens with a community of Yeti’s all doing their part to support one another and keep their floating island happy. They value rules written on stones, and each others roles and family. They have the utmost respect for each other and live by the values of the community.
As a parent, values are such an important aspect in our lives. We are teaching our children to make good choices, to be respectful to love and to above all, be good humans. I loved this aspect of the movie, although there are some twists and turns that really get both kids and adults thinking. I am not spoiling anything, but you just need to see it!
Proving Something Doesn’t Mean You are Right
That statement came straight from the mouth of my son after we watched the movie. Migo the main Yeti (played by Channing Tatum) is a rule follower to the T. Never challenging the rules or questioning why things are the way they are. That is until he runs into an elusive “small foot”. He immediately begins to question everything that he knows and eventually brings his small footed friend into the community to prove that he is right.
My son’s statement really hit home about not always being right just because you proved it to be true. He said that sometimes you have to trust that other people may know more than you and that proving them wrong can hurt others. I really felt like that was something to consider as we reflected on the movie. There is SO MUCH happening in our world that walking away from a really fun kids movie with a lesson that right is not always right was a really wonderful thing and something that we can expand on with our children.
Trust and Truth
We spent A LOT of the movie laughing and enjoying the fantastic animation and great characters. I am pretty much a sucker for any animated movie that features James Corden as a voice actor (he is Percy, the smallfoot). That man makes me happy. However, I always love when a movie makes me think and makes my kids ask questions that we might not have considered. The Yeti community is based on trust and truth. They trust their leader, the believe what he says is the truth and they question nothing. Except for a few and that is when things take a bit of a turn…but you will have to see the movie before I spoil anything.
As parents we build trust with our children and we aim to help them be honest and trustworthy as well. It was interesting to me that we also tend to omit and lie about things so that they do not get hurt. Trust and truth are some really deep personal skills that we are teaching our children and I thought it was awesome that this movie delved into the dynamics of those character traits and how being honest can open minds, hearts and build trust.
Small foot opens in theaters today and is a truly hysterical and fun loving movie. It was awesome to see the character development and the themes from the movie come to life and to discuss those with our own children. I highly recommend grabbing some movie tickets and catching a show this weekend. You will not be disappointed!