Johnny Baxter (Dean Jones), a New York accountant, inherits a hotel in the Rocky Mountains, quits his job, and moves his family out West to beautiful Colorado. The Rockies never seemed rockier as the Baxters find their "es... more »tate" in a state of total dilapidation.« less
Spoiledbrat | Southern California, United States | 05/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am so happy that Disney has finally released Snowball Express on DVD! This is a great family movie that I've adored my entire life. The story is about a family man, John Baxter (played by Dean Jones), who inherits a hotel from an uncle. He quits his job and moves his family to the snow covered hills of Colorado where The Grand Imperial Hotel is located. However, the Grand Imperial isn't as "grand" as he had imagined, and Baxter decides that with a bank loan, he'll change the hotel into a ski lodge. The ruthless bank manager wants the hotel for his own greedy purposes, and this leaves Baxter to struggle to make his ski lodge dreams a reality. This movie is full of laughs thanks to the whit of Jones, Harry Morgan, Nancy Olsen, Johnny Whitaker, and an adorable St. Bernard dog that will have you re-winding the DVD to see those precious expressions over and over.
Now, why just 4 stars out of a possible 5? They DVD is greatly appreciated, but the quality is a bit lacking. Once again, like Disney's DVD release of Blackbeard's Ghost, Snowball Express is full-screen format. Also, it appears the the picture quality isn't as crisp as most DVD releases. It looks as if the DVD was directly copied from an original film reel. As you watch the opening credits, you'll see the specks of dust and scratches that are common when watching movies in theaters, but not on DVD. Also, there aren't any Bonus Features!! Boooooo!!!
Other than those little flaws, the DVD would make a great addition to a Disney DVD collection."
Family Fun at its Finest!
Tamasan Murph | Dallas, Texas | 11/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have such fond memories of watching this movie with my parents and my sister. We watched this movie every time we went on a skiing vacation or whenever we needed a good laugh. I am disappointed that the film is not released at this time. I hope that Disney will release it again soon so that I can share this film with my family again and, eventually, with my own children!"
Where Is Snowball Express???
Sallie A. Martin | OK | 06/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Slowly but surely, Disney is finally rereleasing their classics, their best work by far. This film is no exception.Dean Jones is just a normal hard working man when he receives a visit from a lawyer telling him he has inherited a hotel out in the middle of nowhere from a relative he'd basically enver heard of. When he gets this news he quits his job, and in a unique way at that!He breaks the news to his wife (Nancy Olsen), daughter, son, and dog, who think he's lost his mind. So the family sets off for Silver Hills, Colorado to take over as managers of their new inheritance. When they arrive, the hotel is FAR from running. It's been run down for years, so with no job, it's up to the family to fix it up and get it running again as fast as they can. Dean then discovers that he has more land than he thought, and decides to change it into a ski lodge. This decision will forever change their lives!Snowball Express is filled with fun and comedy as Dean continues to steal the show with Disney. If you like The Ugly Dachshund and Blackbeard's Ghost you will enjoy this! I hope that when and if Snowball Express is released again and on DVD for the first time, Disney will give it some respect and make it worth OUR while!"
Wacky Movie in Disney's Classic Family Style
Lonnie E. Holder | Columbus, Indiana, United States | 10/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a fun family movie in the Disney style we remember so well. Nearly cartoonish and typically contrived, the movie remains a delight more than 30 years after it was first released.Johnny Baxter (Dean Jones) is a faceless white collar worker in New York City. A barely remembered uncle leaves him a hotel with a fancy-sounding name in Colorado and Johnny packs up the family to run the hotel. Alas, the hotel's name is far fancier than the hotel itself, inhabited by raccoons and a codger (Harry Morgan of "Dragnet" and "M*A*S*H"). Johnny, his wife Sue (Nancy Olson), son Richard (Johnny Whitaker), and daughter Chris (Kathleen Cody) decide to make a go of the hotel, partially because Johnny has burned a bridge at his old job and partially because of his pride.Johnny tries to obtain a loan and quickly runs afoul of perennial Disney bad-guy Keenan Wynn, playing ruthless banker Martin Ridgeway. Johnny is able to borrow money from Ridgeway and fix the hotel to begin taking in paying customers, but as tends to happen in Disney comedies, Johnny tends to be prone to accidents. In this case the most serious accident comes in the form of a runaway steam engine.Johnny is placed in a position of having no paying customers and no money, and his next loan payment to Ridgeway is coming due. Johnny enters a snowmobile race with the help of a local "expert" who isn't, and with co-rider Harry Morgan. Some of the funniest and most unbelievable moments of the movie occur during the snowmobile race.The ending of the movie unfolds not quite as you might expect, so I'll leave the remainder of the movie for the viewer to discover.The special effects were good for the early 70s, but now appear substantially dated, with a few exceptions, such as the runaway steam engine. Children and those of us that saw the movie when it first came out will still find it enjoyable and very solid, safe family fare."
A Great and "Funny Family Film"! Harry Morgan is priceless.
Lonnie E. Holder | 08/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Harry Morgan (Col. Potter in Mash) Dean Jones (Herbie Movies) Keenan Winn and Nancy Olson (Pollyanna and the Absent Minded Professor) and more all work together so very well. It is a movie you will want to watch over and over again! It is one of our family's favorites!!!"