Parents' Guide to

The Snowman

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

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

Movie G 1982 26 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 7+

Sweet but shows lots of things little kids should definitely not do.

My 5.5yo was super upset after watching this. In the end, the snowman melts and this wonderful creature no longer exists. I would not recommend this for children younger than 6 who can not yet differentiate between reality and imaginary. The movie also shows the young boy sneaking out of the house at night, going for a joy ride on a motorcycle, flying etc. To an adult, it’s sweet and innocent, but to a young kid who may want to try to have similar “magical experiences,” it could encourage some dangerous situations.
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!!! SPOILERS 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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (4 ):

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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