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The Snowman (1982)

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On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas.

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Raymond Briggs
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
David Bowie ... Older James (Re-released Version)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Briggs Raymond Briggs ... Older James / Narrator - (voice)
Mel Smith ... Father Christmas (20th Anniversary) - Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Wordless (save for the song "Walking in the Air") animated adventure about a young English boy who makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, only for it to come to life that night and take him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

26 December 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Snowman See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Aled Jones, the singer of single "Walking in the Air" that was released in 1985, three years after the film, is much more widely known than Peter Auty who sang the same song in the film. Many people mistakenly believe that Aled Jones also sang the song in the film. Jones sang the chart release because the song had been re-recorded for an advertisement for an English toy store's Christmas campaign (which also featured new animation). See more »

Goofs

When James and the Snowman look at the motorcycle from the window, there is no snow on it. When they go outside to ride the motorcycle, there is snow on it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Older James: I remember that winter because it had brought the heaviest snows I had ever seen. Snow had fallen steadily all night long and in the morning I woke in a room filled with light and silence, the world seemed to be held in a dream-like stillness. It was a magical day...
[brief pause]
Older James: ...and it was on that day I made the snowman.
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Alternate Versions

The 25th anniversary release includes a fully animated intro from Father Christmas, voiced by Mel Smith. The DVD includes an optional audio track where Father Christmas narrates the entire film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Question Jury: Episode #1.5 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking In The Air
(1982) (uncredited)
Written by Howard Blake
Performed by Peter Auty and Sinfonia of London
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The underdog of animated Christmas
1 February 2004 | by KatleikinSee all my reviews

I love this film.

I first saw it when I was around four years old, on my first remembered Christmas in the early 80's. I was enchanted, to say the least. There is no dialogue; there is no need. The feelings conveyed in this majestic piece of animation spark something in my heart, and overwhelm me to this day...

From the first moment the Snowman comes alive, and the fun-filled sneaking around the boy's house while his parents are asleep, to the flying scene where my heart skips a beat, with the only voice heard in the movie, in "Walking on the Air", sung by a young choirboy, conveying the mystical spirit of Winter and the Holiday season.

In this scene, the animation is stupendous, and for a short time, it goes "3d" and impressively convinces us all we are flying around in a sort of "pastel world". I, being an animator myself, give the most likely small studio of animators 10 stars for accomplishing so much with such a simple medium like (colored pencil or pastel).

The song, "Walking on the Air" is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. It's haunting tune is unforgetable.

All in all, when the boy visits Santa Clause, dances with other Snowmen (and Snowwomen too it seems), I feel like a little kid again, at age four, being shown the wonders that can be expressed by human spirit... ...only to be dashed with tears of sadness when the Snowman melts the next morning. It was my first remembered feeling of loss, and is a message that I carry with me to this day. So I wholeheartedly give this movie 10 stars.


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