Well I'm not one for children's stories usually (except the Grinch that is of course) but I thoroughly enjoyed this tear jerker. Actually, my son first watched it and I figured if it brought him to tears, he is 28 after all, then I wouldn't survive it either.
Let's get the players established in advance: Michael Keaton - Jack Frost/Snowman; Kelly Preston - Gabby Frost; Joseph Cross - Charlie Frost; and the irrepressible Zappa's - Ahmet and Dweezil.
Jack, a blues musician, never really makes it in the music world. Always one gig away from greatness and always on the road. Even after promising his wife and son, who he never has time for and never really connects with, he will spend more time at home - that call comes! A chance for the big guys to see the band, but unfortunately it is over the Christmas holidays. Not that this matters - he never spends time with them anyway.
Enter one major snow storm, Jack on the road heading to that all important gig. Realizing his family is suddenly more important than his improbable greatness, Jack abandons the gig and returns home to spend the holidays with the wife and son. Fate intervenes, as does the weather, and Jack becomes another statistic on the highways.
Fade to another Christmas ..... another snow fall ..... another peek into the solitary life of Gabby and Charlie. Suddenly in the front yard a huge snowman appears. Not your ordinary snowman, no sir - this one can walk and talk. Peeking in the windows, longing for his family, Jack is caught by Charlie who I must say handles it quite well.
Fortunately, because he is given this second chance, he is able to connect with his son and try to right some of the wrongs he dealt in real life. This gives Charlie an opportunity to become a better person because of this interaction.
Yea, I know, sounds campy and corny - it is, but also a lesson in life. Take that extra minute. Give that hug, watch that soccer game, attend that school play. Kiss them goodnight, kiss them goodbye. Tell them you love them. Each time you see them it could be the last so take advantage of every opportunity you can. Maybe I identified with it on a personal level, maybe I am just a softy at heart. And maybe it does just have a story to tell.
Some cute interaction between Snowdaddy and Charlie - particularly when he tumbles down a hill and loses his head. And hey, it stars Michael Keaton, so it has redeeming qualities.
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Keaton stars as a blues musician and family man who is killed in an auto accident. A chance twist of fate, however, allows his spirit to inhabit a large (computer animated) snowman on the year anniversary of his accident so that he may make amends with the young son he never had enough time for.