A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The Snowman is intended to entertain, rather than educate, but there are sweet messages about friendship.
The Snowman celebrates the magic of the holidays and the joys of childhood and curiosity/discovery.
Positive Role Models
The boy and the snowman are both curious, friendly, and eager to explore. They wear helmets while riding a motorcyle, which is a good safety example.
Violence & Scariness
There are brief moments in which characters are angry or nervous/frightened, but they pass quickly. After getting too hot near a fire early in the movie, the snowman eventually does melt in the end, which could bother some young/sensitive kids, but the boy doesn't seem too distressed by it.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The snowman briefly has a pipe in his mouth. A man on a boat drinking champagne sees the snowman flying by and looks at his bottle like it might be to blame. During the party at the North Pole, the snowmen are seen with a wine bottle.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Snowman is a charming, whimsical, totally kid friendly adaptation of Raymond Briggs' classic picture book. At only 26 minutes long, it's brief enough to hold even the youngest viewers' attention. And there's very little content that's likely to bother them, though some might get a tiny bit nervous when the snowman is near the fire and/or when he and the boy fly away from home. Wine and champagne bottles are seen very briefly, and the snowman momentarily has a pipe in his mouth. The snowman melts in the end, but the child in the movie doesn't seem distressed by it. 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 is a mostly animated tale that blends whimsy, nostalgia, and holiday magic to create a feel-good fable that viewers of all ages will enjoy. There's an extremely brief live-action intro that sets the main action up as a boyhood flashback.
The Snowman's flickering, broad-strokes animation style truly makes the movie look like a picture book come to life, and the story is simple -- and engaging -- enough that the lack of narration and dialogue doesn't matter a whit, especially since Howard Blake's score is so lovely. Even the youngest kids will be able to follow this tale of friendship, curiosity, and the joy of discovery.
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