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

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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 »

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They are in the South of England and fly over Brighton and towards the Brighton Pier - this is heading South and Father Christmas is in the North Pole. 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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Spoofed in Danger Mouse: The Snowman Cometh (2015) 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 Must
15 December 2004 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

'The Snowman' is one of those few things on television that appeal to everyone from the youngest of children to the grown adults. It's a silent cartoon that relies on the wonderful soundtrack and the gorgeous animantion to tell the story of a young boy's friendship to the snowman he builds one Christmas Eve. The snowman is magically brought to life at the stroke of midnight and takes the boy on a magical adventure to the North Pole where they meet Santa Claus.

In a brief twenty minutes, it portrays the sweetness of a child and the loyal friendships they are capable of as well as delving into loss. This British classic is on every Christmas on Channel Four, I remember being captivated by it as a small child and I'll still be tuning in this year at the ripe old age of twenty-four. I just hope that when I have kids, the tradition of airing 'The Snowman' will continue so I can share this with them.


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