Dreamworks Animation's ABOMINABLE

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Pearl Studio and DreamWorks Animation’s co-production ABOMINABLE takes audiences on an epic 3,000-mile journey from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. When a mischievous group of friends encounter a young Yeti, they embark upon an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. 

Directed by Jill Culton (Open Season) and co-directed by Todd Wilderman (Trolls, The Croods), ABOMINABLE is produced by Suzanne Buirgy (Kung Fu Panda 2, Home) and executive produced by Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Home, ANTZ). Chloe Bennet (Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has been cast in the lead role of Yi. 

ABOMINABLE will be released by Universal Pictures worldwide beginning September 27, 2019. In China, the film will be distributed by Pearl.






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  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator

     TEEN GIRL & YETI EMBARK ON AN EPIC QUEST IN FIRST “ABOMINABLE” TRAILER



     

    Getting home can be the greatest adventure of all.  Check out the newly-released first trailer of DreamWorks Animation’s Abominable below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas this September 19.

     

     

    DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.

     

    When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

     

    But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

     

    Directed by Jill Culton (Open Season) and produced by Suzanne Buirgy (Kung Fu Panda 2, Home), Abominable is executive produced by Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Home, ANTZ) and is co-directed by Todd Wilderman (Trolls, The Croods).

     

    Abominable is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/.  Use the hashtag #AbominableMovie  

     

  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator


    EMBARK ON AN EPIC QUEST WITH DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S “ABOMINABLE”
     

    From the studio that gave you How To Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks Animation’s new film Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.

     

     

    When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

     

    Saying goodbye to Yi’s mom and grandmother, the trio of friends will have to stay one step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a ridiculously wealthy financier intent on capturing a Yeti much like the one he stumbled upon as a boy, and Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson), the zoologist trying to keep the wild creature out of her patron’s greedy hands, to help Everest get home and rejoin his family.

     

    As the journey of their lifetimes becomes a flat-out race to the finish, Everest will help Yi, Jin and Peng unlock an inner bravery they didn’t know they had and—as they strive to return the mystical creature to the place where he belongs—Everest will help them discover where they truly belong, too.  

     

    Director Jill Culton (Open Season) wanted the story to explore themes of deep love and loss in an honest and direct way. As the story begins, Yi’s father has died and Everest is lost, separated from his family and unable to find his way home.

     

    As she wrote, Culton wove the tale of an independent 16-year-old who has lost her father and has grown disconnected from her mother and grandmother, who are trying to get Yi to open up and rejoin the family. The filmmaker wanted Yi to be feisty and independent, a tomboy who’s not quite ready to reveal her true pain. “I certainly was like her when I was younger,” Culton says. “She feels like she doesn’t need anyone.”

     

    Yi discovers Everest on her roof at a critical juncture in her life, when she is beginning to see that she needs to reconnect with others. Because Everest is leagues away from his own home in the Himalayas and desperately needs her help, Yi learns to open her heart a crack and decides to take him back to where he belongs.

     

    It was also critical to Culton that audiences not see Everest’s home on Mt. Everest until he, Yi, and the boys arrive there. We experience Mt. Everest for the first time at the same time Yi does. “You have to earn the awe at the end of the movie,” Culton says. “You want to go on this journey with them to the Himalayas. When we finally get there and that shot opens up and we see the beauty of them, we wanted the audience to gasp and go, ‘I’ve been waiting for this!’ just as the kids in the story are in awe.”

     

    In Philippine cinemas Friday, September 20, Abominable is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/.  Use the hashtag #AbominableMovie  

     

  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator

    CHLOE BENNET, FROM “AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.” TO “ABOMINABLE”



     

    Best known for her leading role as Daisy Johnson (aka Quake) on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Chinese-American actress Chloe Bennet lends her voice to Yi, the headstrong teenage girl who befriends a Yeti, in DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s Abominable.

     

     

    When teenage Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

     

    As the journey of their lifetimes becomes a flat-out race to the finish, Everest will help Yi, Jin and Peng unlock an inner bravery they didn’t know they had and—as they strive to return the mystical creature to the place where he belongs—Everest will help them discover where they truly belong, too.  

     

    For Bennet, the role of Yi had unexpected echoes with her own life. “My agents called me and told me that DreamWorks and Pearl were doing this new film, and the character is a young Chinese girl who lives with her grandmother in China as a teenager,” the actress says. “I also lived with my grandmother in China as a teenager. I thought, ‘Well, that’s a weird coincidence.’ When I went in and talked with them and learned about the person Yi is, and how strong-willed she is, her journey resonated so deeply with me. It paralleled my life. I left that meeting and said, ‘If I don’t get this movie, I’m horrible at my job. That is me.’ It felt almost too good to be true.”

     

    The coincidences between Bennet’s life and Yi’s didn’t stop there. “It’s all been a very destined process,” she says. “I grew up with brothers in the city of Chicago, and they’re similar to other characters in the film. I was so very similar to Yi, doing odd jobs like mobile lemonade stands and dog walking. I always felt like an outcast because I wasn’t a girly girl and didn’t know how to interact well outside of my own big family. I felt surrounded but isolated in a way that anyone who feels differently, especially teenagers, can feel.”

     

    The actress appreciated that director-writer Jill Culton infused Abominable with surprising emotional weight, and she hopes that a character like Yi will become a touchstone for a generation of girls. “It’s a funny, light-hearted adventure in a way, but Abominable has these serious undertones that are important themes—like loss and pain—for people of all ages to deal with,” Bennet says. “A lot of people, especially teenagers, are scared to reach out when things are hard. That’s my favorite part of the film, and the one that resonates with me the most—and I hope it does for other girls as well.”

     

    For Bennet, Yi is an important, vital step in expanding the representation of Asian people, and Asian girls in particular, in popular culture. “Maybe this character came to me as a nice gift for not having her as a 10-year-old,” Bennet says. “It did just as much for me as a 25- to 27-year-old in the process of making it. The power of representation is everything. You don’t realize that when you don’t see someone who looks like you on TV, on film or in music, you start to idolize the people who don’t look like you. It becomes this big snowball effect. ‘Those people are successful, and they have blond hair. If they don’t have eyes that look like mine, maybe I’m not good enough because I don’t look like them.’ That’s the power of having someone who looks like you on screen. I really hope that whether people acknowledge it or realize it, it makes a difference to young girls who feel different or left out—whether they’re tomboys or Asians and feel that they’re weird. Because they’re not. They’re really cool. You can be who you are and be a badass at the same time.”

     

    In Philippine cinemas October 2, Abominable is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/.  Use the hashtag #AbominableMovie  

     

  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator

     EVEREST THE YETI MUST FIND HIS WAY BACK HOME IN “ABOMINABLE”

     

    DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s upcoming comedy adventure Abominable tells the story of Everest, a massive Yeti who is the age-equivalent of a 9-year-old human boy.

     

     

    The wounded creature has escaped from a secret facility—where he was being experimented upon—and is understandably terrified of humans. Although he doesn’t speak, he is so expressive and has such a big personality that it is always clear what he’s thinking.

     

    Far from his home and family, Everest must rely on teenaged girl Yi (voice of Chloe Bennet) and her friends to get him back to the Himalayas. He is curious and playful but can be a beast at times. Like all kids, he plays hard, doesn’t know his own strength and his moods are changeable. His relationship with Yi is deep and forms the emotional core of the film. Everest has the power to control nature, as all Yetis do, but he hasn’t quite mastered his abilities, often to hilarious effect.

     

    Everest does not speak, but he does have his own distinctive style of communication. To give voice to him, the filmmakers turned to Joseph Izzo. An actor who had worked as a story/editorial production supervisor on the first phase of Abominable, Izzo did a number of vocalizations that the crew used as a temp track. But it was not until director Jill Culton returned from hiatus that Izzo was officially cast as Everest.

     

    Although Izzo’s vocalizations were meant to be temporary, Culton and her production team fell in love with the performer as Everest, and eventually couldn’t see anyone else portraying him.  

     

    Izzo has a self-professed goofiness to him, which reminded Culton of the silliness of her pets. That allowed them to make Everest more curious about nature and life. “You ascribe those noises to your pets when you look at them, but Joe can give vocalizations to them,” Culton says. “He became everyone’s pet on steroids. He embodies the best sides of them and how silly and curious they are. We wanted the audience to see the world through this new, innocent way—whether it’s experiencing koi fish or turtles for the first time or being in nature. This character grew up on Mt. Everest and was captured and put into a facility. This is his first time out in nature and exploring. We wanted everyone to go on that journey with our kids and Everest.”

     

    Over the course of production, Izzo became the owner of a big dog himself and infused Everest with a blend of several creatures, all inspired by his beloved bernedoodle, Marty. “Everest’s sounds are a mix of ape, with a lot of dog and a bit of horse in there,” Izzo says. Still, the voice is always reflective of the artwork. “You need to stick to the design as much as possible,” Izzo says. “Everest has this big mouth, big voice and big teeth…but he reminds me of a friendly gorilla. He started out more beastlike but has softened up over the years. It helped to lighten up his character thinking of little subtleties my own dog has. Everest is smart but can’t vocalize too much. It came down to giving him subtle grunts and reactions.”

     

    “Everest is just so cute,” actress Chloe Bennet says of the character. “It was so fun to see his evolution, the noises he makes and the combination of how the filmmakers got to that place of creating this lovable icon. If you love animals, the power of having a stressful day and coming home to an animal that you love is so real. Anyone who cares about animals can relate to Everest. He’s very real to me.”

     

    In Philippine cinemas October 2, Abominable is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. 

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