Stick Man

A half-hour animation based on the much-loved children's picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Stick Man tells the tale of a happy-go-lucky father's epic adventure across the seasons as he runs from a playful dog, gets thrown in a river, escapes from a swan's nest and even ends up on top of a fire. Will he get back to his family in time for Christmas?
Jeroen JaspaertDaniel Snaddon
Martin FreemanJennifer SaundersRussell Tovey
English [CC]
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Hugh BonnevilleRob BrydonSally Hawkins
Martin PopeMichael Rose
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Camille GReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect for young kids
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I’ve had trouble finding movies to watch with my kids - the youngest is 4 and finds a lot of things too intense. For example, he doesn’t like Polar Express (understandable), nor Robin Hood (too tense), nor Jungle Book. He does like the old cartoon version of The Grinch. Now we have Stick Man! We all liked it. It’s not long, which is plus for early bedtimes, and never too scary or deep. But a fun little storyline and a sweet message.
17 people found this helpful
L. FarmerReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must see!
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I am an art teacher and every Christmas, I show this movie to my students from 1st grade all the way up to seniors in high school. I have watched it so many times, and it never gets old. In my opinion, this is just as classic as The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child. I always show all three during the year in my room to compliment the books.

If you notice, you'll even see Stick Man in the Gruffalo's Child's hand in the movie The Gruffalo's Child!!
This is an amazing short film. Do yourself a favor and watch it. It's relaxing, it's enthralling, and it will bring out the inner child in all of us!
9 people found this helpful
AislingReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
NOT great for very young or otherwise sensitive kids!!! Really sad emotional themes.
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I have to say I'm shocked at all the "so great, perfect for young kids, no drama or scary stuff" kind of reviews!! We were looking for something to watch with our deep-feeling, really emotionally intuitive 4.5 yr old daughter that would not have to involve tears, or fast-forwarding through scary things and subsequent bad dreams... She did ok, but my gosh! I was working my butt off the whole time to downplay the drama and sadness! This was a hard/sad watch for ME, as an adult. The entire story involves the father of the stick family being kept from getting back to his family, by a series of mishaps. An entire 3/4 of a year goes by before he gets home, with lots of visible grief and sadness on his part, and of the family's, flashbacks to them grieving him and being sad that he disappeared. They literally don't know what happened to him. Hugely grief-filled, and absolutely triggering for anyone who has lost a family member.... Just, know what you're getting into!!
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BorisReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch with someone you love, old or young....
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When my children were 3-5yrs old in particular, I viewed things before letting them watch them. I would say, it may have been useful for there to be a suggested target age, but as a parent today- with all of the inappropriate televised programs, and the even more inappropriate commercials, and with issues that we want to explain and help our children to understand, we must all be proactive in determining what is suitable for our children to watch. Perhaps it is more appropriate for a 5yr old upwards, a child that can understand the concept of trials, obstacles, and plain old bummers.

I actually think this video was not only wonderful in every way, but could be useful as a learning tool. There are so many topics you could discuss with your child after viewing, assuming your child has the basic skills to talk about an issue, like thinking your going to get what you want, not getting what you expected or hoped for, understanding life is full of obstacles, and of course realizing that those that one loves and that love them, are certainly in the end *the most* important thing; something more realized and penetrating to the heart particularly during a holiday.

This was tearfully touching and I *would* suggest it for *any age* from 5yrs to 100yrs, although I do feel a 3yr old that has not been too sheltered from life’s common realities couldn't handle this movie. My kids watched Calliou when they were 3yrs old, and there were many sad episodes but that is what life is about - learning to deal with things that happen and feeling, feeling the emotions that come out of it, and I used each of the episodes they watched, to talk with and teach them. That is how our children will succeed, by feeling and learning to accept those feelings, feel those feelings, and then get over those feelings, to realize what is most valuable in life.

Sometimes that means experiencing a good cry, and getting some good hugs, love and talking to feel better.

This video is perfect for anyone who has children, or spends time with children and def a grammy or grandpa video. Enjoy and watch with someone you love!
13 people found this helpful
John M.Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful, rewarding surprise for all ages!
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This is a delightful adaptation of a children's book. It can be enjoyed by all ages, parents and children together. The humor is sly, but even if one misses the humor, it's a nice story, and is well done. It took me back to elementary school, when books of this type were the reading I did. I'm a 49 year-old man, and began just watching this by myself, and it was great. My 10th-grade daughter joined me toward the end, and she really enjoyed it . . . so much so, that we watched it later (for me, a second full viewing), adding in my youngest (8th-grade) daughter, who also thought it enjoyable and funny. We quote it now. I recommended it to a couple of about 40 years of age, knowing they'd appreciate its gentle, subtle humor, combined with its primordial theme of longing for and valuing above all else home and family.
10 people found this helpful
Obi WanReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
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My kids and I all loved this! It's a great little short story and it's well told.

I didn't realize it was a Christmas story so that was a mild surprise when I watched it in October. But it's not 'super Christmasy' like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas or A Christmas Story. Christmas and Santa are a minor plot element. It can be easily watched and enjoyed outside of December.

The animation quality is stunning. Just like Room On The Broom they create a claymation look with CGI. It's done phenomenally well.

And it's just a sweet story that's well told. This is well worth watching with your kids. It's 100% safe for those whole family regardless of age. It's enjoyable by kids and adults alike.
7 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fresh and enticing
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I had never heard of Stick Man before and just happened across this animated video. Aside from the sweet story the adaptation was first rate. It was just a pure pleasure to watch and now I must show it to my grandkids.
4 people found this helpful
Amazon0001Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I've watched all of Magic Light Picture's animated renditions of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's childrens books. Beautiful and animated with a magical touch. If you enjoyed Magic Light's other films (Room on the Broom, Gruffalo, Gruffalo's Child, Highway Rat) then you'll enjoy this as well.
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