6 Coolest Abominable Snowmen in Pop Culture
Christmas time has come once again, and being the easily manipulated fool that I am, I’m doing another Christmas List of Six! I’ve done elves, I’ve done reindeer, I did Santa Claus, and now I’m turning my attention to that lovable Christmas friend, the snowman!
But not just any snowman, I’m talking of course about…the Abominable Snowman!
The Yeti is a far cooler creature than someone like Frosty the Snowman, and the Yeti usually deals in a lot cooler magicks. Yes, yetis are real, and they totally practice magic. Everybody knows this. They live in the Himilayas. They’re the Asian branch of the Sasquatch family. It’s basic cryptozoology, everybody.
Join me after the jump for the coolest yetis and Abominable Snowmen in pop culture!
6. The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena
Apparently this big guy has a starring role in the new Goosebumps movie. I loved these books as a kid, and the Abominable Snowman of Pasadena was one of my favorites! This Abominable Snowman hails from Alaska, where a couple of whippersnappers and their photographer father find him frozen in a block of ice. They cart him up and take him back with them to the sweltering city of Pasadena, California. Once there, the children start playing with the snow they brought back with them, but it’s magic snow, and it starts spreading! One of them is even turned into ice when they touch the snow! The remaining children call on the Snowman for help, who breaks out of his ice, uses his magic to unfreeze the child and the city, and then flees into the nearby woods. Just like Batman!
5. Monsters Inc.
Voiced by the ever-awesome John Ratzenberger, the Abominable Snowman in the Pixar Universe is an exiled monster from Monsteropolis. Yeti had a nice job at Monsters Inc. sorting the mail, until he was banished for tampering with said mail. Even though monsters work as hard as they can to keep themselves a secret, their major punishment involves forcing monsters to live in the human world, increasing the likelihood that someone is going to get discovered. Yeti lived in a cave in the Himalayas and was a big fan of lemon snow-cones. He tried to help Mike and Sully, but was mostly concerned with his snow-cones.
4. The Abominable Snowmen
The Abominable Snowmen (or Yeti) are a super classic Doctor Who villain from the black and white days. They were robotic automatons controlled by the Great Intelligence, a bunch of hairy, monstrous beasts with control orbs in their chests. They appeared in two episodes, the more famous of which saw the Yeti turning the London Underground into a trap for the Doctor! For some reason, the Yeti have not yet reappeared in the modern episodes, but they were apparently one of the all-time favorites back in the day. Just from looking at them, I can see the reason for the first point, but not the second.
Wendigo counts. I say he counts. Wendigo is an X-Men villain who sometimes gets into a scrape with Wolverine and/or Alpha Flight. He’s a big, scary yeti of a monster who haunts the frozen norths of Canada. Anyone who commits cannibalism in those frozen norths will fall prey to the Wendigo curse. He’s one of those concepts that gets trotted out every now and again whenever somebody needs a fill-in story, like Omega Red and/or Alpha Flight. He also had a role in the classic X-Men arcade game for some reason. Wendigo is big on Magneto’s war for mutant superiority, I guess.
I don’t think any of us will ever comprehend how committed the Looney Tunes were to John Steinbeck’s literary classic Of Mice and Men. Hugo the Abominable Snowman was one of several characters who loved petting bunnies and naming them ‘George’, be they Bugs Bunnys or Daffy Ducks dressed up as bunnies. Hugo was a big, lovable lug who tried to make pets out of our heroes after one of their classic ‘wrong turns’ brought them to the Himalayas. Hugo eventually melted when Bugs brought him to Palm Springs. Poor guy. He just wanted something to love.
1. The Bumble
Bumbles bounce! We all know this. It’s ingrained in our psyches. If we know anything about Abominable Snowmen, it’s that they bounce. Or at least the Bumble did, in the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer cartoon. A fearsome monster who dwells in the North Pole and, likely, eats elves, the Bumble is the local boogeyman that Santa lets live for unknown reasons, likely to keep his elves in line. The Bumble is only defeated when Hermie the Elf rips out his teeth and the mighty Yukon Cornelius sacrifices himself by carrying the Bumble with him off a cliff. Or at least, that’s what would have happened, did Bumbles not bounce.