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(from left) Everest and Yi (Chloe Bennet) in DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s "Abominable," written and directed by Jill Culton.DreamWorks Animation

  • Abominable
  • Directed by Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman
  • Written by Jill Culton
  • Featuring the voices of Chloe Bennet, Eddie Izzard and Sarah Paulson
  • Classification PG
  • 97 minutes

Rating:

3 out of 4 stars

They say Abominable. You’ll say “adorable.”

This animated feature from DreamWorks and director Jill Culton (a storyboard artist for the Pixar films Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Monsters Inc.) offers up a plucky Chinese adolescent heroine and a young Yeti who needs to be back in his Himalayan home. It’s an adventure yarn, a morality tale and an Asian travelogue, all wrapped up in a big furry ball of fun – which is actually the best description of the film’s giant puppy of a beast.

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The Yeti has escaped from a locked-down laboratory and landed in highly urban Shanghai, where protagonist (and self-proclaimed loner) Yi lives with her widowed mother and pork-dumpling-obsessed grandmother. A standard pursued-by-villain romp ensues, with bursting blueberries and chase scenes less interesting than a supernatural monster whose low-octave humming achieves a momentary and much-needed harmony with nature.

Music has charms to soothe the savage breast. Abominable has charms to soothe the savage child.

Abominable opens Sept. 27