Songs tend to be an extension of the entertainment in an animated movie. Audiences leave a TOY STORY film humming “You've Got a Friend in Me” or belting out “A Whole New World” as they skip away from ALADDIN.
But the upcoming family movie ABOMINABLE, from DreamWorks Animation, is using music in a different fashion. The sounds of a violin are enhancing the narrative. The instrument is integral to the building of the characters, leading to a soundtrack you probably are going to want to own once you leave the theatre.
ABOMINABLE boasts original compositions by famed composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (WONDER WOMAN, AQUAMAN). The movie stars Chloe Bennet as Yi, a young woman coming into her own in contemporary China. And she uses her gift for violin playing as an escape from her everyday life.
Life, however, takes an extreme detour after Yi discovers a Yeti hiding on her roof. Yes, a real Yeti. After nicknaming him Everest, Yi commits to bringing the Yeti back to his homeland with the help of two friends. And their journey will be marked by the addition of music at every turn.
“My dad used to play for me every night,” Yi says in the trailer for ABOMINABLE. “Like he was telling me that no matter how hard the journey gets, never give up.”
And there are scenes in ABOMINABLE that suggest that through her playing, Yi will be able to make magical things happen. Now, these also could be attributed to the Yeti. We get very credible evidence that this creature is able to make wondrous things happen. But as Yi plays her violin, flowers and neon lights appear, leading us to believe that her musical talents also will unlock magical abilities.
Directed by Jill Culton, ABOMINABLE features vocal performances by Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Sarah Paulson and Michelle Wong. The animated feature opens in theatres on September 27, so be sure to grab tickets for your whole family now!