Out on DVD: Snowman and the Snowdog, Chasing Mavericks


Our pals over at FILMCLUB have been watching loads of DVDs this week and they’re telling us about the best ones…

Snow DogThe Snowman and the Snowdog (U, 2012)

Director: Hilary Audus

There’s festive magic everywhere in this heart-warming sequel to the classic ‘The Snowman’.

It was made to celebrate the first film’s 30th anniversary and uses the same hand-drawn animation style to tell a sweet, winter-set story about a boy whose dog has just died.

After writing to Santa to request a new mutt, he stumbles across a photo of the original Snowman and decides to rebuild him, with the addition of a snowdog pal. That night, both icy creations miraculously come to life, kicking off an incredible adventure for the boy. It takes him all the way to the North Pole, before touchingly bringing him the ultimate Christmas surprise.

If you like this, why not try these other great films with similar themes? Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman (U, 1982), When the Wind Blows (PG, 1986), Fungus The Bogeyman (U, 2004), Frankenweenie (PG, 2012), Because of Winn-Dixie (U, 2005)


OF MEN AND MAVERICKSChasing Mavericks (PG, 2012)

Director: Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson

Cast: Gerad Butler, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer

This stunningly filmed drama tells the story of surfing prodigy Jay Moriarty, whose ambition was to ride one of the biggest waves ever known, known as a Maverick. Rescued from drowning as a boy by local surfer Frosty Hesson, Jay enlists the help of the older man to show him the ropes. The training is gruelling and Frosty is a hard taskmaster, but even he can’t deny that Jay has natural ability as well as extraordinary daring. A thrilling and ultimately poignant tale, this not only has dazzling footage of the glamorous and dangerous sport but also a heartfelt message about living life to the full.

If you like this, why not try these other great films with similar themes? Riding Giants (12,2004), Big Wednesday (PG, 1978), Soul Surfer (PG, 2011), Man on Wire (12,2008)

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