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Stick Man Film Review

Updated on December 30, 2017

About the film

Film Information:

Director: Jeroen Jaspaert, Daniel Snannon

Producers: Martin Pope, Michael Rose, Mike Buckland (co-producer), Barney Goodland (associate producer), Daryl Shoote (associate producer)

Running time: 27 minutes

Genre: Short, Family, Animation

Distributed by: Magic Light Pictures

Stick Man is based on the book written by Julia Donaldson. This was on our television screens on Christmas Day. Although I've seen this before, I decided to watch it again as I really enjoyed it first time round and it's such a cute animation. Although a short film at just 27 minutes long, it is a beautifully made story about a stick man and his family. First aired in 2015, Stick Man is out for his usual morning jog when a series of unfortunate events happens which takes him further and further away from home. And as the seasons pass, will he ever be able to make it home for Christmas?

Stick Man lives in a tree with his stick wife and 3 stick children. The film begins with Stick Man playing with his children and riding a sledge in the snow as his wife happily watches them from their tree house. As Stick Man goes out for his morning jog, things start going horribly wrong for him. It's through no fault of his own that things start happening to him. In the first instance, a dog catches him, thinking he is just a lifeless stick to be played with. Then, throughout the course of the short film, we see how he ends up in the sea going further and further out to see, is used as part of a nest and very nearly used as kindling on a fire! We see how Stick Man survives his ordeal and how poor Stick Lady is at home worrying. Will Stick Man ever make it home to his family?

Jennifer Saunders
Narrator (voice)
Martin Freeman
Stick Man (voice)
Sally Hawkins
Stick Lady (voice)
Isabel Ainsworth
Stick Girl (voice)
Hugh Bonneville
Santa (voice)

My Thoughts

This is a beautifully made animation. At just 27 minutes long, this is a lovely short film which children will love. The stick family look really cute, especially the small children of twigs. I love the storyline and I feel the story keeps you watching as you want to know what happens to Stick Man. Some parts of the film are a little bit worrying, especially when he gets picked up by the little boy and drifting out to sea. But I think it's well worth watching.

The animations are really clear and well made. The twigs and sticks look really good, and even when they talk, you can see their little facial expressions. Really cute! For anyone who's got small children, I would definitely recommend this short film. The storyline is really good, and it keeps you watching right to the end to see what happens. The animations and graphics I found to be superb too.


Stick Man Official Trailer

© 2017 Louise Powles


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    • kikalina profile image


      22 months ago from Europe

      I haven't watched this yet but will definitely watch it with the kids after reading this review. Thanks

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      2 years ago

      My kids (and I) loved this movie... and still occasionally watch it!

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      I love cartoon movies and don't know how I missed this one. Thank you Louise for telling us about it. I will look for it.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from the beautiful south

      I saw this, too, it was really cute. I love cartoon movies that are done up right. I am a kid at heart I guess. Wish there were more of them.

    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Thankyou. Yes, it is a lovely little film. I really enjoyed it. And Stick Man is sooo cute!

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      Mother of Movies and Series Reviews 

      2 years ago from Moreton Bay, Queensland

      I’ve seen this twice too. The first time by happy accident. I adore this story. It’s so simple and so well executed I think I could happily watch it a few times more. My two sons wanted more the last time we watched it.

      I would love it if they played these types of thing more regularly on free to air as I have seen there are Gruffalo stories with a similar vibe to it.

      Good that you are promoting this, its a lovely 27 minutes to watch with kids.

    • Coffeequeeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      It was made for the BBC, so maybe it'll show in other Countries before long. It's a great story for the children.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      2 years ago from USA

      I've never heard of Stick Man but based on your review, I'd watch it. I sure welcome any good new Christmas movies. Short movies are good! Cute little characters.


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