The kids and I saw Snowtime! earlier in the week. We loved the animated story about an epic snowball fight gone wrong. The characters were interesting, the animation was beautiful, and my children laughed through out the movie. In addition, the film featured songs performed by Celine Dion, Simple Plan, Walk Off The Earth, Marie-Mai, and Groenland. The PG-rated Snowtime! (Shout Factory) will open in select theaters on Friday, February 19th. It will also be available digitally on iTunes and other VOD platforms on March 1st. BTW, I received a screener disc to review the movie on my dad blog.
The story takes place somewhere cold. It’s winter break and the kids are bored. To entertain themselves, the kids decide to battle each other in a fun snowball fight. The children split into two teams. The smaller team is led by Sophie. Her team builds a massive fort (castle?). The other team, with a lot more children, is led by Luke. His team is the invading force and Luke’s goal is to capture the fort before winter break is over.
Even though it’s only suppose to be a snowball fight, there is seriousness to the situation. One of the kids, Nicky, is not on either team. He believes that a pretend battle is still war. And in war, neither side wins. Nicky tries to get the other kids to unite for a common good instead of battling each other for control of the snow fort. That’s one of the things I liked about Snowtime. It’s a fun movie for kids, but the underlying message is very serious.
The relationship between Luke and Sophie is another aspect I liked. Even though the two are essentially cartoon characters, I could see and feel them falling for each other. The characters seem very real to me.
Snowtime! features the voices of Golden Globe-winner Sandra Oh (Frankie), Angela Galuppo (Luke and Lucy), Lucinda Davis (Sophie), Heidi Lynne Weeks (Henry and George Leroux), Holly Gauthier (Daniel Blanshire), Jenna Wheeler (Fran), Sonja Ball (Manolo), Ross Lynch (Piers), Sonja Ball (Jack), Elisabeth MacRae (Nicky), and Don Shepherd (Chuck). The animated movie was directed by Jean-François Pouliot.