Abominable Christmas

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, comic cartoon about legendary snowman; Walmart only.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 62 minutes

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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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What 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.

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What's the story?

It's almost Christmas. Abby (voiced by Ariel Winter) and Adam (Nolan Gould), the two children of the gentle Abominable Snowman (Ray Liotta) are spotted and chased by a driven scientist (Jane Lynch) who is obsessed with finding evidence of the legendary creature. The two little "snowmonsters" land in a lovely mountainside village and take refuge in the home of two human children. Masquerading as dogs, Abby and Adam must outwit the scientist and a determined dog catcher to avoid discovery. Meanwhile, their Abominable dad puts himself at great risk when he ventures into the village to find his kids. The human family, headed by another devoted dad, must come together to help the three Abominables narrowly escape and return to the safety of the mountains.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Abby and Adam got in trouble when they didn't listen to their dad. Why is it important to follow the rules our parents set out for us?

  • How were the human dad and the Abominable Snowman dad alike? What did they care most about?

  • The dads both said that Christmas is not about presents and lights. What did they say it was about instead? What do you think is most important about the holiday?

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