How The 'Abominable' Animators Found Their Magic Yeti Voice
It's a question we've all faced: what do you do when you need to find the voice for a magical yeti?
Okay, maybe not ALL of us have faced that particular question, but it's definitely one that the team behind the upcoming movie 'Abominable' had to face.
Toasted TV's very own Ollie McCormack hopped over to Hollywood to quiz some of the team behind the film on all the behind-the-scenes goss.
Chatting to some of the animators behind the film, Ollie also met Joe Izzo, who has worked on films like 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse', 'The Boss Baby' and also lends his vocal talents to Everest in 'Abominable'.
The film follows Yi -- voiced by Chloe Bennet -- who stumbles upon a magic Yeti hanging out on her Shanghai apartment building's roof. Her friends Jin and Peng decide to name the magical creature Everest -- after the mountain which just so happens to be where his family lives.
Yi, Jin and Peng venture out on a quest to reunite Everest with his family while dodging some shifty characters along the way.
But finding Everest's particular sound wasn't easy. As Joe explained, he was working as a production supervisor on the movie and when it came time to test out a few voices for the magic Yeti, there were a few challenges.
"When we started, we realised... Everest, he's so big. He's got a huge chest cavity, a huge mouth and he needed to sound a bit bigger," Joe said.
"As big and loud and deep as I could sound, we needed a little help," he added. And they found that help inside a vase on one of the editor's desks! A lot of the grunting and Yeti-screams you hear were all created with Joe screaming into a vase.
Ollie also caught up with Mark Edwards, the Visual Effects Supervisor on the film, who provided a little insight as to exactly what went into crafting some of the scenes in the film.
One scene took animators six to seven months to properly create despite only being a two and a half minute scene in the finished film.
Written and directed by Jill Culton, 'Abominable' also stars Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Albert Tsai and Tenzing Norgay Trainor.