A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Focuses more on entertainment than education, but exposes kids to aspects of holiday traditions from a range of cultures.
Family and community mean a lot. Kindness, gratitude, and respect for others are important. The holidays are celebrated by different people in different ways, but being together is what makes them special.
Positive Role Models
Peter is kindhearted, respectful to others, curious to try new things. His mother is loving and warm, gently helping him express his feelings and increase his self-awareness. Nana's wisdom helps him learn further life lessons. Others in the neighborhood are friendly and helpful, coming together as a community and showing respect for their differences.
Main character is a Black boy; he and his family all act as strong role models. Ethnic and cultural diversity within the neighborhood, with Jewish, East Asian, and Latino characters all sharing elements of their own holiday traditions and cultures. Some traditional gender roles are reinforced within the main family, with mother and grandmother cooking and father being out at work.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Snowy Day is an animated adaptation of Ezra Jack Keats' acclaimed picture book. It builds on the original story of young Peter's adventures in the snow by setting them amid a bustling city neighborhood brimming with ethnic and cultural diversity. The narrator's words closely follow the book's, giving it a familiar rhythm and sound for those who know and love the original story. Peter's experiences illustrate the true joys of the holiday season found in being grateful for sharing time with family and friends, and promote character strengths like kindness and respect. An all-star voice cast rounds out this sweet retelling of a classic. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With an accomplished voice cast and animation reminiscent of the original picture book, this interpretation takes viewers on a charming journey through Peter's neighborhood on a snowy winter's day. Building on a story that was one of few children's books to feature a Black central protagonist back in the 1960s, The Snowy Day introduces a diverse cast of characters into its city setting, highlighting the mix of cultures and faiths within Peter's community.
With the likes of Laurence Fishburne, Bassett, and Boyz II Men (who pop in as a capella singers on the street) among the voice cast, this simple and wholesome TV retelling has broad appeal. It's a gentle story with familiar stanzas from the book and warm themes about family, friends, and traditions to set the scene for the holidays.
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