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‘Smallfoot’ takes animated steps in the right direction

Animated movies regularly deal with significant real-world issues, but “Smallfoot” carries a big message that feels particularly timely: the question of being afraid of and hostile toward those who are different from us. That theme, and a pleasingly broad visual style, power past some sizable shortcomings in this Warner Bros. release, including mostly forgettable songs and a somewhat sluggish start.

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