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

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Older James (Re-Released Version)
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Older James / Narrator - (voice)
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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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26 December 1982 (USA)  »

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The little boy has no name in the original Briggs cartoon book. However the makers of the film required a name for the child's gift tag and selected 'James' after the boyfriend (later husband) of one of the animators. See more »

Goofs

After the snowman comes to life and the boy and the snowman first enter the boy's house, the cat is not lying in front of the fireplace. A moment later, the cat, sound asleep, is lying in front of the fireplace. See more »

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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...
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Older James: ...and it was on that day I made the snowman.
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Followed by The Snowman and the Snowdog (2012) See more »

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Walking in the Air
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Music and Lyrics by Howard Blake
Performed by Peter Auty
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A Christmas classic: Half an hour of animated genius
31 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A little boy (James) builds a snowman in his garden who comes alive and leads the boy on a series of adventures.

When we say "family" film we usually mean films that the kids can watch and the parents can just about stand after a couple of stiff drinks. The Snowman is one of those films that the whole family can watch and actually enjoy -- and enjoy over and over again.

The musical scenes are quite wonderful and centrepiece song "Flying In The Air" is a total classic, indeed you should show that in film schools to show what great visuals and great music can do when they work as a team.

The colourful animation is great to -- and when they fly over Brighton (England), it really does look like they are flying over Brighton. I presume that they did a lot of research to make it accurate.

This is like a little pop song. It is short, lively and uplifting. Despite the sad end. The song/film ends and the real world comes back and you marvel at how clever it all was. This is a little bit of genius in a world that is a lot colder than the one we see on screen.


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