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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Canadian animated feature The Yeti Adventures targets young audiences ripe for adventure, mystery, and mild scares, like a long Scooby-Doo episode. A young academic persuades donors to his museum to fund his trip to Nepal where he and a wannabe detective trace the steps of a previous explorer in search of the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman. Our heroes' plane crashes, and they fall down mountainsides, while a cowardly rich guy tries to take credit for their work. They also encounter spirits of previous explorers. But nothing dissuades them from their goal. Expect mild scares and some lessons about letting animals stay in their natural habitats undisturbed.
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What's the story?
In THE YETI ADVENTURES, nerdy anthropologist Simon Picard (voiced by Noel Fisher) is willing to go on a Yeti-finding expedition in the Himalayas even though he's an unadventurous book worm. The daring but totally inexperienced Nelly Malloye (Rachelle Lefevre) bumps into him and, presenting herself as a wannabe detective, arranges for the trip before he can say no. Edward Martineau (Arthur Holden) is the good-for-nothing son of a wealthy benefactor who wants the credit for finding Yeti without actually doing any of the grueling work the undertaking requires. His mother funds the venture while he rests at camp at the foot of the mountain. Nelly and Simon trek ahead even when their Sherpa guide Tensing (Julian Stamboulieh) advises against proceeding in the dangerous weather. Nelly insists on piloting a plane into the mountains and, unsurprisingly, crashes it. She, Simon, and Tensing walk in circles for a while as they try to trace the scribblings from the diary of an explorer said to have died looking for Yeti. The intrepid three do find Yeti, but what they decide to do with the information makes the movie interesting and will give viewers something to think about.
Is it any good?
In terms of scariness, this movie is the speed of a Scooby-Doo tale, although no one on this Himalayan jaunt is nearly as charismatic or adorable as the mystery-loving dog. Plot turns in The Yeti Adventures are fairly predictable, with the exception of environmentally-sound decisions made toward the end that show forethought and compassion not displayed by the main characters earlier on. Slapstick, cartoonish humor make this an okay choice for younger viewers looking for some silliness, and the setting of scientific exploration and anthropological investigation may pique the interest of budding young scientists.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's good for people to have a balance of cautiousness and daring in order to function well in life. Does Nelly seem too eager to try dangerous things without proper preparation? Does Simon seem too cautious to take healthy risks?
Do you agree that you can't tell if you have had good luck or bad luck until time has passed?
Do you think Yeti or Abominable Snowmen exist? Why or why not?
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