Yara Shahidi on ‘Smallfoot’ and Her Love of Podcasts

     September 29, 2018

With Warner Bros. and Warner Animation Group’s new animated adventure-comedy, Smallfoot, now playing in theaters, I recently sat down with Yara Shahidi to talk about the film. Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick (Annie Award-winning director of Over the Hedge and Annie-nominee for the screenplays for Chicken Run and James and the Giant Peach), Smallfoot stars Channing Tatum as a yeti that sends his hidden village in the mountains into an uproar when he announces that the legend of the smallfoot (aka humans) is true. The film also features the voices of James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina RodriguezDanny DeVitoEly Henry and Jimmy Tatro. If you’re a fan of animated movies, or just a parent looking to take your kid to the movies, I absolutely recommend Smallfoot. I had a really good time watching it and all the kids in my theater loved it. Watch the trailer here.

smallfoot-posterDuring my time with Yara Shahidi, she talked about what people would be surprised to learn about the making of the film, if anything changed with her character, and she played “Get to Know Your Smallfoot Cast Member” which includes questions like what TV show she’d like to guest spot on, what TV show has she watched all the way through more than once, what she collects, and a lot more.

Check out what she had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.

Yara Shahidi:

  • What would surprise people to learn about the making of Smallfoot?
  • Did anything change with her character during the making of the film?
  • What TV show would she like to guest star on?
  • Does she have a favorite sci-fi or fantasy film?
  • Does she collect anything?
  • What TV show has she watched all the way through more than once?
  • How she loves podcasts.

Image via Warner Bros.

Here’s the official synopsis for Smallfoot:

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

​“Smallfoot” stars Channing Tatum (“The LEGO Batman Movie,” the “Jump Street” films) as the yeti, Migo, and James Corden (“Trolls,” “The Emoji Movie”) as the Smallfoot, Percy. Also starring are Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Common (“Selma”), LeBron James (upcoming “Space Jam 2”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Danny DeVito (“The Lorax,” Oscar nominee for “Erin Brockovich”), Yara Shahidi (TV’s “Black-ish”), Ely Henry (TV’s “Justice League Action”), and Jimmy Tatro (“22 Jump Street”).

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