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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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G | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The short film had 3 different versions of the intro: the original intro had author Raymond Briggs playing adult James walking through the countryside telling his story of The Snowman. The 2nd intro had David Bowie played adult James whom is seen in the attic in his house, telling the story of The Snowman and finding the scarf The Snowman gave him and in the 3rd intro, Father Christmas (Mel Smith) is seen in his living room and mentions that he was there and hosted the Christmas party The Snowman and James attends and Father Christmas sits in his chair and watches The Snowman (1982) on TV. See more »

Goofs

When James is turning the light on and off to show the Snowman, the switch always remains in the same position. 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 20th 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 Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2011) 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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This movie...!
13 July 2005 | by deathwaySee all my reviews

Oh jeez...

This movie makes me cry every time I watch it. The 'theme song', a melody originally sung by a choir boy, "Walking In The Air" always turns me to a sobbing blob, even when I hear it in a store at Christmas, or a clip of it on other shows.

The animation is very much a drawing come to life. This film captures the nostalgia of youth and Christmas without being glitz, glam and too sickly sweet. You don't need Mickey to compliment your mistletoe! Two words. Watch it. Don't hesitate. The children will adore it, and I'm sure an older generation will too! It's your inner child in film form. Go see it!


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