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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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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:

The First Snow of Winter See more »

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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 brilliant must see!!!
17 June 1999 | by Gwen-8See all my reviews

This animated story about Sean McDuck is well written and well made. The drawings are sweet and lively, especially the Irish dancing part. A must see for all ages.


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