Snowtime! (2016)

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When winter break arrives, a boy and his friends are joined by the new girl in town for a prolonged snowball fight.

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Aimed at very young audiences, the cheerier remake - with voice work by Sandra Oh as the young architect of a snow fort and a song by Céline Dion - is more distinguished by its charming animation than how it handles the storyline.

Mar 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The characters remain underdeveloped, a problem complicated by the weightless, unexpressive animation.

Feb 18, 2016 | Full Review…

"Snowtime!" is by turns ribald (there's a flatulent dog), boisterous (there's charging through the snow with wooden swords wildly waved), tender (there's a boy grieving quietly for a father killed in a real war) and, yes, tragic.

Feb 18, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

That's the charm (and the quandary) of this film. Sophisticated in its look and feel on the one hand (the warm hues and tones evoke a warmth that defies the wintry cold), it's almost too retro for its own good on the other.

Feb 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It is aimed at younger children and includes pretty songs, but it doesn't soft-pedal anything. Its low-key story is about friendship, but it's also about loss, which should leave pint-size viewers with plenty to think about.

Feb 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Despite a few diverting moments and some ambitiously dramatic themes, this one is simply too uneventful and too populated by thinly sketched characters to keep its target audience engaged.

Feb 18, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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