The First Snow of Winter

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The First Snow of Winter
Written byGraham Ralph
Alan Gilbey
David Freedman
Directed byGraham Ralph
StarringMiriam Margolyes
Ashley Johnson (US)
Dermot Morgan
Tim Curry (US)
Kate Sachs
Sorcha Cusack
Carol Kane (US)
Neil McCaul
Theme music composerTolga Kashif
The Music Sculptors
Mark Sayer-Wade
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Jackie Edwards
Claire Derry (executive producer)
David Hamilton (executive producer)
Theresa Plummer-Andrews (executive producer)
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC
Disney Channel
Original release
  • 25 December 1998 (1998-12-25) (United Kingdom)

The First Snow of Winter is an animated television film produced by Hibbert Ralph Entertainment and Link Entertainment and first aired on the BBC on 25 December 1998.


The story takes place in Ireland. Winter is approaching and ducks are starting their migration south. A young and daring white duck named Sean McDuck decides to slide down a hill and cross over to the other side of a stream, despite warnings from his young puffin friend, Puffy. When Sean reaches the other side, Puffy tells him about a fox, which Sean narrowly escapes. When Sean and his family migrate, he gets lost trying to chase some seagulls. Later he is hit by an airplane resulting in his being stranded with a broken wing. His family thinks he has been killed by the fox when Sean's mother sees her with her kits playing with white feathers. A kindly water vole named Voley is preparing for his winter hibernation but stops to help Sean get ready for the cold weather ahead. Voley also teaches Sean to play a blade of grass as a musical instrument and even does an irish stepdance with Sean. After struggling through the first day of winter and having to take shelter in a boot, Sean discovers that Puffy was also left behind.

For the rest of the winter the two friends keep each other company. When spring comes, Sean and Puffy eagerly look for their families. The two friends are then cornered by the fox and eventually end up on a ship, but are rescued by Voley while Sean manages to drive away the fox. Shortly afterward Sean and Puffy are happily reunited with their families as Sean stepdances with Voley.

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