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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 »

Director:

Graham Ralph

Writers:

Graham Ralph, Alan Gilbey (script) | 1 more credit »
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3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Miriam Margolyes ... Sean (voice)
Dermot Morgan ... Voley (voice)
Kate Sachs Kate Sachs ... Puffin (voice)
Sorcha Cusack ... Mother (voice)
Neil McCaul Neil McCaul ... Father (voice)
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1999 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

A Primeira Neve de Inverno See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

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

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

The original broadcast version was edited down to 26 minutes. No official release of the broadcast version was ever made, so the video and DVD versions are the original uncut version of the film. Among the scenes cut or altered are:
  • The first appearance of Sean's family. Sean's father lazes around and blows his whistle while Sean's mother worries about him.
  • Voley makes a contraption for Sean which is supposed to help him fly. It does not work and he falls.
  • This version plays a sung version of the theme over the end credits. The original film plays the scored version. The sung version is not segued smoothly into the film, making this an obvious edit.
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References Riverdance: The Show (1995) See more »

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A very sweet short film!
3 October 2007 | by MightyzebraSee all my reviews

A little duck named Sean and a little puffin named Puffy (imaginitive...) stand in the grass in Ireland, quite close to the sea - and even closer to an ENORMOUS flock of seagulls. Sean cannot help going off to chase them. Beforehand he tells Puffy "Gulls are stupid!" (that is true enough).

So the film continues on to be a very adorable Irish film, only twenty minutes (yet it seems a wee bit longer). "The First Snow Of Winter" is a story of friendship, survival, danger and sadness, with just a hint of message of regret. You are bound to love this, whether an unhappy businessman, or a happy little wee child or bairn (Guess Scottish and Irish has seeped into this review, eh?).

So admire the luck of the Irish, the animals and the love in this film and you are not likely to be disappointed! Enjoy "The First Snow Of Winter".


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