The Snowman

Movie review by Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 3+

Charming, wordless, book-based holiday fable for all ages.

G 1982 26 minutes

Parents say

age 4+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 12+

Inappropriate on so many levels

I didn’t know about this film until my six (6) year old daughter came home on the last day of school, before Winter Break, to tell me that she watched a movie about a snowman where she saw the rear of a boy and his chest. Obviously annoyed, because there was no mentioning of watching this movie to us parents in an email. We watched the movie and while many may say that it’s harmless, we raise our kids to let them know that no one needs to see their private parts. This movie was shown by a 1st Grade teacher four (4) days after a Body Safety class!!! So, let’s get into the fact that I love fantasy but this kid did everything his parents would not allow him to do when his parents were awake. The Snowman even had the kid doing things with his sleeping parents just feet away. Again, irreverent. No respect for authority and that’s what public schools are teaching. Disrespect parents and authority. What about families that do not believe in Santa Claus? There are so many other things happening that there isn’t enough time! The snowman dying in the end was the most twisted ending ever! We never read the book but this movie leaves little desire to do so. There was zero educational value! The only message was “do as you please!” Our modern society is crumbling because we refuse to respect boundaries. There should have been advance warning on this. Shameful is this movie.
age 3+

Gentle Beautiful Winter Adventure

I love the animation, the music, and magic of this movie.

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