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The First Snow of Winter (1998)

Sean is a little duck with a big problem. Due to a mishap with a jet aircraft Sean misses the annual migration South and has to face the winter alone. However, he is befriended by a water ... See full summary »

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Sean is a little duck with a big problem. Due to a mishap with a jet aircraft Sean misses the annual migration South and has to face the winter alone. However, he is befriended by a water vole, and with Vole's help, Sean learns the lessons of survival, and most importantly, the value of friendship. Written by Anonymous

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This short is dedicated to the memory of Dermot Morgan. See more »

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Voley tells Sean that he cannot stay with him over the winter because he needs to hibernate. Water voles do not hibernate. They spend more time in their burrows over the winter months but Sean could easily stay with Voley as he would be awake and active. See more »

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References Riverdance: The Show (1995) See more »

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Heart warming and charming short film
4 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I can't praise this little short film enough. It is sweet, heart warming and charming, and teaches good messages about friendship, survival and danger. The animation is cute and lively, with lovely colours and backgrounds and the character animation is top notch. I loved the music score too, it has an Irish lilt to it and it worked wonders. The story is a simple but heart warming one, the scripting is surprisingly mature and the characters especially Sean and Puffy are adorable. Also superb is the voice acting, with Miriam Margoyles superb as Sean and Dermot Morgan terrific as wise old Voley. Kate Sachs brings vulnerability also to the character of Puffy. I loved "The First Snow of Winter" from beginning to end, it is a lovely, simple, timeless story that the whole family can cherish. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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