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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This is a secular holiday movie about a wintertime friendship between a boy and a snowman and a snowdog that come to life. Many of London's landmarks are seen in a sequence where the boy and the snowman are flying.
Sweet message about the closeness between a boy and his dog.
Positive Role Models
The snowman takes care of the boy and helps Father Christmas grant him the ultimate wish of a new pet dog.
Violence & Scariness
The protagonist's dog dies, but nothing graphic is seen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Snowman and the Snowdog is a sequel to the beloved 1982 holiday film The Snowman, based on the children's book by English author-illustrator Raymond Briggs. There's nothing a young child or even a preschooler couldn't handle, although there's a bit of sadness when the protagonist's dog dies (you see him in the backyard at the burial site) and when eventually the snowman melts. This is a gentle holiday film with no dialogue that even little, little kids will enjoy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
At less than 30 minutes long, this heartwarming tale is a good holiday pick for preschoolers just starting to sit still for movies. The Snowman may be a national treasure in the U.K., but here in the States it's not as widely known. Those who haven't seen the original may not understand that the picture the boy finds is from the first movie or that this is a story that's as beloved to certain audiences as Frosty the Snowman and A Charlie Brown Christmas are to American viewers. Without the foundation of the original, there may be less emotional connection to the new story -- particularly since there's no dialogue.
Still, if you don't mind the minimalist plot and the lack of dialogue, The Snowman and the Snowdog is a lovely holiday tale about a boy grieving the loss of his dog. His grief leads him to make not only the snowman like the one in a photo he discovers in his new house but also a snowdog companion for the snowman, in honor of his dearly departed pet. There's a beautiful song that accompanies the most exciting part of the story, the flight the trio takes soaring above London all the way to a snowman jubilee.
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