Occasionally when screenwriters run out of monstrous things to include in their cold-weather scenes, they’re forced to dig deep into their well of creativity. Sometimes, they’ll use polar bears. Other times, they use hypothermia. Still others, they use cabin fever. Perhaps the most underused scary cold-weather thing device is the yeti, a.k.a. the abominable snowman. Here are nine instances of the yeti in pop culture:
Upon banishment to the Himalayas, Sulley and Mike are greeted by a yeti with a personality conflict. You see, he insists that he’s adorable, not abominable. Also, he sounds suspiciously like Cliff Claven from Cheers.
Chuck Jones, Mel Blanc, and the gang gave us one of the more lovable abominable snowmen in pop culture history with their episode, The Abominable Snow Rabbit. How lovable was he? You will name him George and you will hug him and pat him and squeeze him and caress him…
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Bumbles the Abominable Snowman was memorable, and he added character to the Rankin-Bass claymation holiday classic. That said, he was also a complete dumbass who allowed himself to be tricked into being frozen by a none-too-bright lumberjack, Yukon Cornelius. And fixing his teeth made him just another big hairy white guy.
The Empire Strikes Back
While Han Solo was busy booking a warm bed at the Tauntaun Guts Hotel for Luke, Luke had his hands full with the wampa. The wampa was a menacing yeti that had horns framing his mouth. Luke ultimately saved himself by cutting off the wampa’s arm. Seriously, what the hell was the deal with people getting limbs cut off in Star Wars?
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Edgar Wright gave us the Sonic Yeti, proving that not all yeti have to be trapped in a cold environment. The Sonic Yeti appears when Sex Bob-omb summons it to fight the Katayanagi twins’ own monster, the snow dragon.
The Abominable Snowman
Hammer Studios made a yeti film in 1957 called, predictably, The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas. The beast itself is barely seen and never seen in full. But it’s viewed as one of the better Hammer horrors around and it stars Peter Cushing. Everything is better with Peter Cushing.
Futurama has used the yeti twice. The first appearance was in Bender’s Big Score. A trio of yeti, or “ice-crapping snow honkeys” as Leela calls them, bust into an ice cave before Leela chases them away. The second appearance was in the most recent season. As it turns out, Zoidberg’s sole reason for employment with Planet Express was that he saved the Professor from a yeti.
Scooby Doo, Where Are You?
Scooby’s yeti appeared during an episode during the first season, That’s Snow Ghost. He wreaked a lot of havoc. But–SPOILER ALERT!–it turned out to be nothing more than Himalayan lodge owner, Mr. Greenway. And he would’ve gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
The third entry in The Mummy series featured a whole pack of yeti who apparently have their own language, and aren’t evil at all. And I guess they’re good at kicking field goals with enemy soldiers.