A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
We may miss people but they remain in our hearts forever. Don't be afraid of your feelings. They let you know you're alive. True friendship is a precious gift. Every society has its necessary rules.
Positive Role Models
Aunt Millie marches to her own drumbeat, which matches up with the renegade personality of Blizzard, the magical reindeer who loves humans.
Violence & Scariness
The death of a friend is reported. A girl's best friend moves away. Another girl's best friend isn't permitted to see her.
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"Great balls of tinsel!"
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blizzard is a 2003 Christmas story-within-a-story about the importance of friendship and how to cope with its loss. The death of a friend is reported. Adventurous Aunt Millie visits from Africa and tells a story to help her dear 10-year-old niece cope when her best friend moves away. The magic of Christmas, Santa, his elves, and the reindeer are the focus. The movie showcases the notion that it's okay to be different and emphasizes forgiveness and compassion. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This story is nicely told, book-ended, like The Princess Bride, with an adult telling an illustrative story to a skeptical child who needs bucking up. The merits of being "different" are emphasized, as are the difficulties of moving, finding a place in a new school, and following a passion. Other kind messages are also touted. Santa notes that every society needs good rules, but too many rules can be a bad thing, and forgiveness is a great way to show compassion. Blizzard is a sweet tale that will resonate with grade-schoolers.
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