Snowball Express

1972 G 1h 33m DVD

Snowball Express

1972 G 1h 33m DVD
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Weary of the New York rat race, John Baxter receives the gift of a lifetime in his uncle's will: the deed to a Rocky Mountain ski resort. But both John and his family begin losing their enthusiasm for the fairy tale life soon after they arrive.
Dean Jones, Nancy Olson, Harry Morgan, Keenan Wynn, Johnny Whitaker, Michael McGreevey, George Lindsey, Kathleen Cody, Mary Wickes, David White, Dick Van Patten
Norman Tokar
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this Disney classic is rather adult-centric, relying on themes of job loss, inheritance, and the struggle to survive in a new environment, for material. Kids might find the movie slow to start, but parents will enjoy the trip back in time -- when skiing was a novel new sport for swinging adults!

Sexual Content

A ski bunny puts the moves on Mr. Baxter, inviting him up to her room. Mr. and Mrs. Baxter kiss and lie in bed (clothed) together. When the Baxter family discusses the move to Colorado and asks their son to go to his room while the parents speak, he asks, jokingly, "What does this gotta do with sex?"


Snowmobile race shows crashing and banging, but no violence.


"God-darn" and "shut up" are as bad as it gets.

Social Behavior

Though John Baxter is a bit of a slacker at work, who tells the token female co-worker that she has great legs, he does show some backbone in the end when he risks everything for his family.


The story concerns inheritance, greed, and the effect that money has on people. That said, the inheritance is a run-down ski lodge that the Baxter family gets up and running with their own hard work.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Hotel guests drink to the point of getting drunk. Some cigar smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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