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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A simple, scare-free introduction to the legend of the Abominable Snowman. Following the short feature, a 20-minute Artzooka presentation instructs kids on a variety of simple art projects to make at home (with supervision): a toy Yeti, balloon wrapping paper, and a kaleidoscope.
Traditional Christmas messaging: The holiday is about family and closeness, not about presents and lights. And, listen to your parents and those who care about you -- they have your best interests at heart. When a difficult situation arises, don't be scared, be smart.
Positive Role Models
Generally nice, sensible children (both human and "abominable") learn lessons about the importance of obeying parents. Both little girls are adventurous, optimistic, and open-hearted. One boy is isolated with his computer and earphones during most of the film; he ultimately connects with the real world. Parents are reliable, caring, and very concerned about child safety. The villain is an obsessive female scientist. No ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Very mild cartoon violence with no injuries: a jet ski chases kids on a sled, cans are knocked over onto the villain. Several leading characters are captured and caged by a congenial, comic dog catcher.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Abominable Christmas, a simple holiday story, is best for very young viewers. A brief reference is made to the fact that both the human children and the Abominable Snowmen children in the story are motherless; it's clear that they miss their moms, but they all have concerned, loving fathers. At 42 minutes, the main feature on this DVD is the animated tale of the legendary snow monster and his kids, complete with some cartoon action, chases, capture, and the creatures' fear of being discovered. The remaining 20 minutes are devoted to an Artzooka short that instructs kids on several do-at-home art projects. This DVD is available only at Walmart stores. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Chances are this engaging effort won't be added to the list of perennial holiday classics, but the wholesome messages, comic danger, and humorous cultural references help a simple story come to life. The animation is basic; even the most dastardly villain is drawn funny and never scary, while the four children are distinctive and likable.
Young kids will spend a pleasant short visit with the Abominable family and probably enjoy repeated viewings.
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