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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

References Riverdance: The Show (1995) See more »

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Heart warming and charming short film
4 March 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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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