Smallfoot is based on a story by Sergio Pablos, and a script by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Cats & Dogs, Bad Santa), who are part of Warner Animation Group’s “think tank.”
Besides Kirkpatrick, the film has a strong Dreamworks pedigree. The film’s co-director is Jason Reisig, who was head of character animation on Home and supervising animator on Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3. Two other Dreamworks vets – Ronald Kurniawan and Devin Crane – are production designer and art director respectively. Bonne Radford, producer of Dreamworks’ The Road to El Dorado, is producing this film along with Requa and Ficarra.
The animation studio on the film is Sony Pictures Imageworks. It’s a busy time for Imageworks; two other films animated by the studio – Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3 and the fully-animated untitled Spider-Man film – are also slated for release in 2018.
Channing Tatum leads the voice cast of Smallfoot as the Yeti, Migo. He’s joined by James Corden as Smallfoot, as well as Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, and Jimmy Tatro.
Smallfoot is due in the U.S. September 28, 2018.