- Awesome Music:
- "Let It Lie", Stonekeeper's song to Migo, and the closest thing the film has to a Villain Song.
- Meechee's song "Wonderful Life", which is beautifully breath-taking.
- Migo's song "Perfection" has a very pleasant, upbeat tone to it. Also who knew that Channing Tatum could sing.
- Genius Bonus:
- Migo's name is a reference to Mi-go, one of the names for the yeti in the original Tibetan mythology. Similarly, Meechee's name is based on "Miche", another local name for the creature.
- Migo is able to communicate with a bear, indicating they share a common language. This is likely based on a common explanation for the yeti being misidentified sighting of bears.
- The film never really draws attention to them, but the glowing snails the yetis use for lighting have a real life basis. There really is a species of bioluminescent land snail (although it doesn't live in the Himalayas).
- He Really Can Act: "He Really Can Sing" in this case. Many viewers were pleasantly surprised by Channing Tatum's singing in "Perfection".
- Magnificent Bastard: "The Stonekeeper" is the village elder and the Chief of the Himalayan Yetis. After a previous generation of Yetis got ruthlessly attacked by a group of humans, they escaped to the Himalayas mountains as a final resort. Generations would pass and Stonekeeper grew prejudiced against humans for this very reason. Getting the Yetis to work on a bunch of seemingly frivolous tasks that would actually generate steam clouds to separate the Yetis and humans, keeping up the ruse for years and banishing any who discovered the truth. When Migo delivers Percy to the land, Stonekeeper breaks Migo with a speech and convinces him to keep the lie alive, while leaving Percy in a box to freeze to death. He starts to regret his actions when he realizes that Meechee ran away with Percy from home and fights back by throwing stones at a helicopter.
- Memetic Mutation: Zendaya is Meechee... and LeBron James is Gwangi...
- Misaimed Fandom: There is a fringe of Flat Earthers that identify with the Yetis of the movie because they equate the conflict with their own "oppression".
- Nightmare Fuel: The "Let It Lie" sequence, where we see cave art of yetis being shot and stabbed by humans. It's a lot more intense than you'd expect from this kind of film.
YMMV / Smallfoot