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Snowtime! is a colourful and allegorical film where peace is both tough and tedious, and war is an easy solution.

Entertainment One

3 out of 4 stars

Written by
Normand Canac-Marquis, Paul Risacher
Directed by
Jean-François Pouliot, François Brisson
Starring
Lucinda Davis, Angela Gallupo, Sandra Oh
Genre
Family
Classification
G
Country
USA
Language
English

War is manufactured fun but sombre for a moment in this lively, animated remake of La guerre des tuques (The Dog Who Stopped the War), a beloved French-Canadian film from 1984.

When a snow-fluffed village crawls with kids looking for something to occupy a winter break, a plan is hatched for an epic snowball fight.

On one side is a flatulent dog and a team of attackers, who face an undermanned force that enjoys a superior position in an elaborate castle-like fort, complete with excellent contraptions that are the stuff of dreams for 11-year-old boys. And it is mostly boys involved, including Luke, a mellow, rosy-cheeked chap who harbours a crush on a new girl in town (the precocious Sophie) and who treasures a bugle that belonged to his father, a victim of an unnamed war.

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Other characters are clearly defined, and the film's exuberant contemporary score includes Celine Dion.

The colourful film of course is allegorical: Peace is tough and tedious; war is an easy solution.

And while the kids' enthusiasm for battle wanes, pint-sized audiences will likely remain engaged.

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