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Release Date:
5 November 1999 (Norway) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Miriam Margolyes ... Sean (voice)

Dermot Morgan ... Voley (voice)
Kate Sachs ... Puffin (voice)

Sorcha Cusack ... Mother (voice)
Neil McCaul ... Father (voice)

Directed by
Graham Ralph 
Writing credits
Graham Ralph (written by)

Alan Gilbey (script) and
David Freedman (script) (as David Max Freedman)

Produced by
Claire Derry .... executive producer: Link Entertainment
Jackie Edwards .... producer
David Hamilton .... executive producer: Link Entertainment
Theresa Plummer-Andrews .... executive producer: BBC
Original Music by
Tolga Kashif 
The Music Sculptors 
Mark Sayer-Wade 
Film Editing by
Nigel Rutter 
Art Direction by
Claire Wright 
Production Management
Kim Craste .... production manager
Art Department
Graham Ralph .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Rod Howick .... track breakdown
Richard Lambert .... dubbing mixer
Visual Effects by
Jim Davey .... visual effects supervisor
Jan Hogevold .... film recording: Rushes Post Production
Antonio Palermo .... effects animator
Animation Department
Alan Andrews .... additional animator
Nick Appleton .... assistant animator
Susie Bailey .... layout artist
Tom Bailey .... layout artist
Jonathon Booth .... clean-up animator (as Jonathan Booth)
Luc Chamberland .... additional animator
Henry Cherrytree .... additional animator
Odile Comon .... principal animator: "Fox"
Caron Creed .... additional animator
Denise Dean .... assistant animator
Alan Green .... additional animator
Teddy Hall .... principal animator: "Puffin", "Mother" and "Father"
Angela Hayes .... clean-up animator
Alan Henry .... assistant animator
Liz Jackson .... assistant animator
Vanessa Luther-Smith .... clean-up animator
Wayne Maslin .... assistant animator
Mark Mason .... principal animator: "Voley"
Claire Nelmes .... clean-up animator
Robert Newman .... additional animator (as Rob Newman)
Andrew Painter .... additional animator
Isabel Radage .... assistant animator
Ray Rankine .... background artist
Ray Rankine .... layout artist
Kenny Robinson .... line tester
Antonella Russo .... clean-up animator
Paul Stone .... principal animator: "Sean"
Mike Swindall .... additional animator
Debra Thaine .... assistant animator
Sue Tong .... background artist
Duncan Varley .... additional animator
Stephanie Walker .... assistant animator
Hugh Workman .... additional animator
Claire Wright .... background artist
Editorial Department
Zurine Ainz .... assistant editor
Music Department
Gareth Cousins .... soundtrack engineer
Tolga Kashif .... music producer
Mark Sayer-Wade .... music producer
Michèle Spoonley .... soundtrack production coordinator (as Michele Spoonley)
Nick Walker .... music transcription
Other crew
Brian Ainsworth .... titles
Philip Campbell .... titles (as Phil Campbell)
Helen Cohen .... production assistant
Dermot Morgan .... in memory of

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USA:28 min
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This short is dedicated to the memory of Dermot Morgan.See more »
Factual errors: When Sean and Voley are preparing for the winter Voley insults the squirrels to get provisions for the winter. Sean tells Voley that "ducks don't eat nuts and berries". The RSPB lists the food of wild mallard ducks and includes acorns and berries at the top of the list.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Heart warming and charming short film, 4 March 2010
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

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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