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A 1995 Made-for-TV Movie in which Meat Loaf battles a little girl for possession of a two-foot-tall animatronic yeti.

Our story begins in the Himalayas, where Big Jake Grizzly (Meat Loaf) seeks a yeti for his wealthy patron. The yeti narrowly eludes him and stows away in the luggage of a mild-mannered tourist from upstate New York. His daughter Amy discovers the creature and names him Hank. When Big Jake Grizzly tracks down the family and captures the yeti, Amy follows them to New York City to rescue her new friend.


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  • Adults Are Useless: The Bristows are constantly losing track of their daughter and being generally ineffectual. Just about all the heroic action is initiated by Amy.
  • Alternate DVD Commentary: A comedic commentary was recorded by RiffTrax in 2015.
  • Asshole Victim: It's saying something when the audience wants Wesley, a young boy, to have a more violent, deadly comeuppance.
  • Batman in My Basement
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Dave Bristow poses as a blustery federal agent while his family steals the yeti from the Sturgeon mansion.
  • Bound and Gagged: Happens to the Bristows.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Blubber
  • Chroma Key: Painfully evident whenever a character is seen flying through the air or doing anything remotely acrobatic.
  • Cool, But Inefficient: A literal example. To keep the yeti cool, the Bristows stash him in their open refrigerator all night long. In real life, this would probably burn out the fridge motor or result in a huge electricity bill.
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  • Friend on the Force: Dave Bristow's climbing companion happens to be a police officer who later helps him during the yeti caper.
  • I Own This Town: Mr. Sturgeon claims to own most of the Albany police.
  • Just Plane Wrong
    Bill Corbett: Where does a plane take off from high up in the Himalayas?
  • Lady Drunk: Mrs. Sturgeon.
  • Mickey Mousing: To emphasize the comedy, the soundtrack often gives way to zany slapstick noises and drum stings.
    Bill Corbett': Comedy clarinet! It lets your audience know that something funny is ostensibly happening.
  • '90s Hair: Most of the men sport mullets.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Most obviously the British actress playing Mrs. Bristow, but also apparent when characters meant to be New Yorkers are heard using non-American terms like 'mum'.
    • Canadian pronunciations are also abundant throughout the film. Mountains having a soft "oh" sound in place of the "ow".
  • Our Monsters Are Different: In this film, yetis are small monkey-like creatures with disproportionately huge feet.
  • Plot Hole
    Mike Nelson: So he folded and packed a tent with a yeti still in it?
  • Plot-Powered Stamina: The yeti can tolerate the heat except at arbitrary moments when it becomes a problem.
  • Royal Brat: Wesley, who terrorizes his family's servants and is indulged by his millionaire parents.
  • Shoo the Dog: Eventually the Bristows fly back to the Himalayas to release the yeti back into his natural habitat.
  • Singing in the Shower: Dave Bristow, before the yeti eats his floor pie.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The yeti is accustomed to the frigid temperatures of the Himalayas, and grows weak if he is not kept cool.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Big Jake wouldn't mind smacking Wesley around. Most of the audience will side with Jake.
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