Parents' Guide to


By Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sweet tale about kids' snow battle has very sad moments.

Movie PG 2016 80 minutes
Snowtime! Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 4+

Great Family Movie

Our boys 8 and 4 ...along with us enjoyed this movie. Great message too.
age 6+

Nice 3DCG animation. The original 80's version was a total success. The song name is "L'amour a pris son temps" performed by Nathalie Simard in 1984. An English version of that song was available on the dub.

Great and totally awesome movie. Also we recommend the original French Canadian movie of 1984, by Les Productions La Fête (Québec) directed by André Melançon and produced by the legend Rock Demers, the creator of the "Tales For All" (Les contes pour tous) available on a box set at and Amazon. The next one of this collection, "The Peanut Butter Solution" (Opération beurre de pinottes) was the second one. A poster of the first movie appeared on a scene when one of the guys played a drum kit. The two songs are performed by Céline DION and are available from TBS Records.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (5 ):

This is a lovely animated film about a group of kids who learn about the hazards of war during a drawn-out snow battle. And while Snowtime! is beautiful to look at, what makes it so special is the pacing. It's not frenetic or over the top; instead, it's sweet and full of lessons about why war is never good and friendship is always the most important. It's also funny and entertaining for both parents and kids -- although the sad twist at the end may be too much for some younger or more sensitive kids.

There's also a sweet love story (they're 11, so it's mostly flirting, with one kiss) between Luke, who's mourning the loss of his soldier father (the boy's grief comes to life when he plays "Taps" on his bugle), and his "nemesis" Sophie, a smart, independent girl who gets dragged into the fight and becomes a strong leader. Their friends/teammates are a ragtag group of funny, interesting kids that includes Frankie (Sandra Oh), a boy genius who's asked to make a snow fort but ends up creating a high-tech fortress.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate