Twelve Famous Abominable Snowmen
Well, we’re knee deep in Winter and that means colder weather and snow for many of you. And with the thoughts of the white stuff comes thoughts of weird, cryptozoological beasts! Right? Or is it just me? Nah… can’t be just me. Anyway, when the cool winds blow and the weather howls through the night, one can only assume that just outside your door might be… AN ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN!
Oh great Caesar’s Ghost, that’s a frightening thought! Imagine if there was a giant snow beast silently patrolling the grounds near your home… I think I just peed a little. Well, in all actuality, nearly half of the Yeti in pop culture are pretty easygoing and non-threatening. But that leaves the other half, doesn’t it? Here are twelve Abominable Snowmen you might remember from TV and Film.
Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon
Let’s start of with a classic Syfy masterpiece, whadya say? And by masterpiece I of course mean a barely passable piece of cinematic dreck. But hey, it’s got a killer Yeti in it and a football team involved in a plane crash trying to survive in the Himalayas. I call that a win any day.
Doctor Who and the Abominable Smowmen
Way back in 1967 when Doctor Who was still in its, let’s say toddler years, Patrick Troughton (the second Doctor) had a few regular enemies on his hands, and those were the dreaded Yeti! Over the course of several episodes, The Doctor battled in the snow and the result was… well, predictably goofy. Gotta love early Who.
The Abominable Snowman
This interesting flick came out in 1957 and stars the classic horror/terror master Peter Cushing (of Hammer fame and Grand Moff Tarkin from Star Wars) as Dr. Rollason, a biologist working in the Himalayas. Soon it is discovered that Yeti are present, so the doc and his pals go on a mission to find the illusive beast. Bad stuff happens, naturally.
Scooby Doo: That’s Snow Ghost
Over the years, Scooby and the gang have tussled with a variety of bizarre and ridiculous monsters. So it should come as no surprise that they did, twice now, tangle with a Yeti. The first time was in 1970 in “That’s Snow Ghost,”and then again in the far more recent, direct-to-video, Chill Out, Scooby Doo. Admittedly, the original was far superior, but since I couldn’t find a decent clip, you’re getting the latter. Oh well, good enough.
Marvel Comics Wendigo
His first appearance was in 1973 and even though this beast looks remarkably similar to Alpha Flight’s Sasquatch, only in white, he does have his own set of powers and what not. If you’d like to read the surprisingly long and informative history and story of The Wendigo, well, go HERE, son.
The Abominable Charles Christopher
The artist’s name is Karl Kerschl. It might not be one you’re familiar with, but it’s one you need to be familiar with. He has done work for DC Comics (Adventures of Superman and Teen Titans) and in 2007 he created the web comic titled “The Abominable Charles Christopher” about a wild beast in tune with nature and friend to all. Granted, colorized versions of the character have him hued brown, I prefer the black-and-whites where he’s colorless and fits better into this list. Also, he’s Abominable!
The Hoth Wampa
One of the most famous ‘snow beasts’ from the film world is most definitely the Hoth monster known as the Wampa. Sure, he might not fit the exact mold of what we believe to be a Yeti or an Abominable Snowman, but since it’s an alien from another planet, it’s damn close. Little of it was seen in the original The Empire Strikes Back, but since Lucas saw fit to add things to his movies, a lot more was shot and, of all the additions made, his scenes may have been some of the best.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
The Mummy franchise has done surprisingly well considering there’s really not much to the acting and they’re built solidly on special effects and not much else. They’re fun flicks and assuming Brendon Fraser has nothing else happening (he doesn’t) there’s likely to be more of them. Anyway, one of the least likely heroes from the third installment were the really cool (and kinda silly) Yeti.
Monsters, Inc. Yeti
PIXAR does a ton of stuff really well. This is pretty obvious. They also love to stick to a few of their favorite voice actors, and from what I’ve heard, one of their go-to’s (and good luck charms, even) is one John Ratzenberger. He has appeared in every PIXAR film since the original Toy Story (Ham) and his role as the Yeti from Monsters, Inc. is an absolute classic.
Hugo from The Abominable Snow Rabbit
It’s 1961 and it’s the classic era of Chuck Jones’s run on the Looney Tunes. So what new character could possibly be introduced that hadn’t already been done? There were vampires, witches, Pumas… so now what? How about an Abominaba-ble Snowman? And so it was. Hugo was born.
When it comes to Abominable Snowmen, there are some you remember, some you forget, and some that are so classic and ingrained in our collective psyches that they’ve pretty much become the definition of the term. In the case of The Bumble, from the Rankin-Bass Christmas classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, he is the guy you most likely think of. Even if it’s a holiday special that’s only on during December just a few times, The Bumble still stands as the best Abominable ever.
The most recent addition to the abominable snowmen fraternity is Marshmallow from Disney’s Frozen from 2013. Marshmallow is an enchanted snowman, and the personal bodyguard of Elsa the Snow Queen. He is born of Elsa’s powers and represents her strong desire to be left alone. The menacing white beast doesn’t say much, but he packs a powerful punch. Maybe he could punch Elsa in her frozen mouth so kids would stop singing that damn song.