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DVD Review: The Snowman and Father Christmas

17 November 2010 4:30 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The special edition DVD of the classic seasonal animation The Snowman is an absolute joy; it is as mesmerising, as surprising and as enchanting as it was all those years ago. It has become a tradition of the season not because of its ubiquity but because it embodies the spirit of that season and retains a thrilling charm almost thirty years after it appeared on British TV.

The charming animation from Raymond Briggs’ story gets a special edition release along with the sequel of sorts, Father Christmas, which has Mel Smith as the cantankerous bearded one and both short animations work perfectly together to provide two very different sides to seasonal tale Briggs weaves.

The Snowman appeared in 1982 and instantly captured the imagination of the public and still has that power. I can imagine people watching this for the first time and falling in love with the simple story of a boy and his Snowman, »

- Jon Lyus

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Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent to voice Raymond Briggs’ Ethel & Ernest

15 September 2010 4:15 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Raymond Briggs will forever be linked with the annual walk in the wintry air with The Snowman and now news comes to us of a new animated feature of the 1998 graphic novel based on the lives of his parents, Ethel & Ernest.

Fans of Briggs’ work may remember the last time a feature length film was made of one of his works, When the Wind Blows, which as a child of the 80s  I had played to me at school and it did as much as Terminator 2 to convince me that nuclear war was not a great way to go about things.

Back to Ethel & Ernest, and here’s the good stuff.

Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn are to lend their voices to the eponymous couple in the film which tells the entire story of their life, from the first days together until their deaths.

Immediately I thought of the pair’s work with Mike Leigh, »

- Jon Lyus

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Broadbent And Blethyn To Voice Ethel & Ernest

15 September 2010 3:52 AM, PDT | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

British heavyweights Jim Broadbentand Brenda Blethyn are to lend their voices to the new animated feature based on the graphic novel by English author and illustrator Raymond Briggs.

Ethel & Ernest will trace the life story of two ordinary londoners (Briggs' parents) and their four-decade long marriage from their first meeting in 1928 to their deaths in 1971, experiencing the Great Depression, World War II, the advent of television and other events. That's a lot of voicing!

According to The Hollywood Reporter John Coates will produce the feature with Camilla Deakin as executive-producer. Hopefully Coates will be bringing the same magic to Ernest & Ethel as he did with previous Briggs adaptation and oscar nominated animation The Snowman.

Will the story work as an animation? What do you think?


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Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent to play Raymond Briggs's Ethel & Ernest

14 September 2010 9:12 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Snowman creator's award-winning graphic novel set for the big screen

Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn are to voice the lead characters in an animated big-screen version of Raymond Briggs's 1998 graphic novel, Ethel & Ernest.

Briggs based the book on the lives of his parents, housewife Ethel and milkman Ernest, and their four decades of marriage from the late 1920s to the early 70s. It won the award for the best illustrated book of the year at the 1999 British Book awards. During the course of the novel, the pair live through the Great Depression, the second world war and the advent of television, as well as other epoch-defining events. Ethel is a former lady's maid with middle-class pretensions, while Ernest, five years her junior, is a left-leaning advocate of modern progress and technology.

Briggs is best-known for The Snowman, which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated animated short film. Ethel & Ernest »

- Ben Child

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Broadbent & Blethyn Voice "Ethel & Ernest"

14 September 2010 8:07 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn have joined the voice cast of the animated feature "Ethel & Ernest" for The Little Film Co. says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, the story traces the lives of Briggs' parents, two ordinary Londoners in a four-decade long marriage.

John Coates, who produced the Oscar-nominated short "The Snowman" based on another Briggs book, will produce. »

- Garth Franklin

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Broadbent & Blethyn Are Ethel And Ernest

14 September 2010 12:56 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Mike Leigh isn't directing it, as far as we know, but there's still a definite sense of reunion about the news that Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn will be lending their voices to Ethel and Ernest, an animated film based on the graphic biography by Raymond Briggs.Briggs' book, which won the Illustrated Book of the Year gong at the 1999 British Book Awards, is a tribute to his parents, and follows their lives from their courtship in the 1920s (when respectable Ethel was a lady's maid and socialist Ernest was a milkman), through the Depression and the Second World War, to the advent of newfangled technologies like television, and their deaths in the early 1970s.Briggs is famous for children's classics like Fungus the Bogeymand and the Father Christmas stories (all adapted for TV), but is still probably best-known for The Snowman, the Christmas perennial that foisted Aled Jones on the world. »

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