Blizzard (film)

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Directed by LeVar Burton
Written by Agnes Bristow
Leif Bristow
Murray McRae
Starring Brenda Blethyn
Christopher Plummer
Kevin Pollack
Whoopi Goldberg
Music by Mark McKenzie
Pamela Phillips Oland
Cinematography David Franco
Edited by Ralph Brunjes
Release date(s) 2003
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Blizzard is a 2003 Canadian Christmas-themed family film directed by LeVar Burton, and stars Brenda Blethyn, Christopher Plummer, Kevin Pollack, and Whoopi Goldberg.


When ten-year-old Jess's very best friend Bobby moves away, she is inconsolable in her grief. Her eccentric Aunt Millie decides the best medicine is to tell her a story about another ten year-old girl, Katie, from another time and place, who wanted only one ice-skate. While practicing on an outdoor rink near her home, Katie is befriended by Otto Brewer, a former Olympic skating champion, who offers to teach her "proper skating", and under Otto's tutelage, Katie blossoms into a magnificent skater. However, Katie's father loses his job and the family is forced to move to the big city, Katie is devastated. Meanwhile, in the North Pole, Santa and his elves are celebrating the birth of Blizzard (Whoopi Goldberg), a baby reindeer born to Blitzen and Delphi. It quickly becomes apparent that Blizzard possesses all three magical reindeer gifts: the ability to fly, the power to make herself invisible, and the gift of empathic navigation - being able to see with her heart. Using her empathic ability, Blizzard feels Katie's sadness and flies to Katie's home to investigate. Despite the rigid rules of the North Pole, Blizzard helps Katie learn that the value of true friendships is that they never truly go away. However, by breaking these rules, Blizzard must face the possibility of banishment at the hands of Archimedes, Santa's strict head elf. Only true friendship can save her now. Katie's former bully Erin becomes a humble friend after being saved from drowning into the thin-iced frozen pond courtesy of Blizzard.



The film won the Best of the Fest award at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, and the DGC Team Award from the Director's Guild of Canada. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2003.

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