Magic Gift of the Snowman

  • Review Date: October 31, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 47 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Christmas tale uplifting and sweet but has heavy premise.
  • Review Date: October 31, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 47 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Some exposure to taking care of a sick relative.

Positive messages

Magic Gift of the Snowman teaches positive lessons about compassion, caring, letting go of fears, and the importance of attitude in how we feel.

Positive role models

Adults are present, engaged, and caring. Children have realistic concerns, with the sibling relationship shown as both teasing and loving.

Violence & scariness

The premise of the film is that a boy's sister is gravely ill and may die if she doesn't fight to get better, though this is largely discussed in serious terms only in the film's initial few moments. There are a few scary monsters that show up for battle in the magic kingdom, including one destroyed by fire, but it's brief and no actual injury is shown.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the premise of MAGIC GIFT OF THE SNOWMAN is that a young girl is extremely ill (with an unspecified illness) and may die if she doesn't get better in the next few days before Christmas. However, that set-up only takes a few moments of the film, and the remainder involves her brother's attempts to cheer her up and help her get well. Some parents may take issue with the notion of a film that instills the belief that thinking positively can magically correct illness, but the overarching messages are positive. There also are a few scary monsters that show up for battle in the magic kingdom, including one destroyed by fire, but it's brief and no actual injury is shown.

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What's the story?

Emery Elizabeth (Chera Bailey) is a very sick kid, and her brother Landon is determined to give her a reason to fight her illness -- and to cheer her up. He invents the story of a cool snowman named Snowden who comes to life and takes the two on an adventure to the magical kingdom of Princess Electra, where children play all day long and no grown-ups are allowed, and, with each installment of the story, he helps his sister eat better and get rest.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MAGIC GIFT OF THE SNOWMAN has a pretty intense premise: A young boy's sister is dying of an unspecified illness. But the film isn't fixated there and, instead, spends its time showing her brother's valiant efforts to care for her, get her to rest, and cheer her up.

For kids who enjoy snowmen and Christmas cheer, it's an entertaining-enough short film. For parents who are comfortable with the premise of illness and the promise of positive thinking trumping disease, it offers some sweet lessons about sibling love, caring, and the importance of attitude.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about illness. Have you ever been sick? What made you feel better? What sorts of things can we do to help others feel better when they're sick?

  • The snowman teaches Landon and Emery how important attitude is in determining how we feel. Can you think of a time when having a good attitude made you feel better about something you didn't want to do or something that hurt?

  • Have you ever been too scared to try something new? What was it? What happened?

Movie details

DVD release date:September 23, 2003
Cast:Chera Bailey, Nathan Aswell, Tony Ail
Director:Toshiyuki Hiruma Takashi
Studio:GAIAM
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Brothers and sisters, Holidays
Run time:47 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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