• 12 Oct - 18 Oct, 2019
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Yeti sightings were anything but rare this weekend – if a fluffy, digital version of that creature counts.

Universal’s Abominable, an animated family movie that revolves around a young abominable snow-thing, opened to a solid $20.9 million in domestic ticket sales this weekend. It comfortably outperformed every other movie in theaters.

A creation of DreamWorks Animation and China’s Pearl Studio, Abominable tells the story of Yi (Chloe Bennet), a teen who discovers a yeti living on the roof of her family’s Shanghai apartment building. Yi, who is yet come to terms with the loss of her father, spends most of her time alone on the rooftop of her building. She lives with her mother (Michelle Wong) and her diminutive but fiery grandmother (Tsai Chin). Since losing her father, Yi has taken up a summer job, trying to save money to make a trip across China. One day, Yi finds a yeti curled up in the corner of her terrace after escaping from the clutches of a wealthy businessman Mr Burnish (Eddie Izzard) and Dr Zara (Sarah Paulson), a crafty zoologist.

The plot involves Yi’s attempts to return the yeti to its home, with the help of her friends Jin (Tenzing Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai). They have to work against both a zoologist and Burnish, a villain with deep pockets and a taste for exotic creatures.

Abominable, a rare big-studio animated moviewith Chinese characters voiced mainly by Asian-Americans, does not have a long roster of celebrity vocal talent to help sell tickets. That makes its solid sales more impressive. Reviews were generally favourable; it currently holds an 80 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In his review, Glenn Kenny, an American Film critic, called the movie “exceptionally watchable and amiable.”

Overall, Abominable is sweet and simple, but ends up feeling too familiar.

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