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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.


Raymond Briggs (from the book by)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
David Bowie ... Older James (Re-released Version)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Auty Peter Auty ... James (voice)
Raymond Briggs Raymond Briggs ... Older James / Narrator - (voice)


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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A sequel was released in 2012 entitled 'The Snowman and The Snowdog'. See more »


As the snowman gets off the motorcycle his legs are normal. Next shot shows his legs glowing from the heat of the engine. See more »


[first lines]
Older James: I remember that winter because it had brought the heaviest snow that 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 whole 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 »


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


Walking In The Air
(1982) (uncredited)
Written by Howard Blake
Performed by Peter Auty and Sinfonia of London
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Come Walking In The Air With This Christmas Fantasy
2 December 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

THE SNOWMAN built by a lonely young boy comes to life at Midnight on Christmas Eve, propelling them both on a fanciful, unforgettable adventure...

Raymond Briggs' charming picture book comes to life in this delightful British cartoon. Here is a perfect excursion into realms of Imagination & Wonder. The Snowman's guided tour of the human child's home is a comic treat. Their flight over the frozen North Country & Polar Seas is exhilarating and full of white mystery.

The serious themes of friendship's responsibility, and the inevitability of ultimate loss, are also hinted at. The ending is both beautiful & heartbreaking.

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Release Date:

24 December 1982 (Norway) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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