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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)
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The boy has no name in the original Briggs cartoon book. However, the makers of the film required a name for the gift tag attached to the gift given to him by Santa Claus and selected "James" after the boyfriend (later husband) of one of the animators. See more »

Goofs

When James and the Snowman are flying to the North Pole, they fly over some penguins which are not found in that region. 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 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Heroes of Christmas (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking In The Air
(uncredited)
Music by Howard Blake
Lyrics by Howard Blake
Performed by Peter Auty and Sinfonia of London
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25 December 2003 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

I watch my PBS-recorded version of The Snowman every Christmas Eve along with a few other traditional holiday movies to clear my head of the excessive commercialism of the holiday and put myself in the mood for Christmas.

The Snowman is a wonderfully simple film about a small boy who's Snowman comes to life. It's a terrific idea, for if you're a kid, wouldn't it be cool to make friends with a Snowman and be able to visit Santa Clause? Plus, the animation and the accompanying music, and even David Bowie's sentimental introduction makes this a wonderful adaptation of the book.


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