It’s Christmas Eve everybody and the festivities will soon kick off. If you haven’t noticed, your televisions have been filled with the greatest Christmas movies to fill your hearts with yuletide glee. And if you are looking at definitive Christmas shorts to watch with your loved ones, then look no further than The Snowman.
No. I mean the classic short.
Based on a children’s picture book by Raymond Briggs, this 1982 short has been delighting audiences for over twenty years. The story is about a child who creates a snowman in his garden one winter’s day. At the stroke of midnight, magic happens and his frosty friend comes to life. In different sections, the snowman tries to adjust to life and appliances at the boys home. That’s when the story lifts off as The Snowman takes him on a journey through the skies and through his world of ice and snow.
The Snowman boasts some wonderful animation that still stands up today. Touching on every level, The Snowman is still as incredible now; with a heartfelt ending. Directed by Dianne Jackson, this adaptation is magnificent in the most genius of ways. And let’s not forget the music. As the pair explore each other’s world, the score by Howard Blake dances and fills us with the most ironic warm feelings ever. With Aled Jones’ Walking in the Air, it is delightful and superb. Even in the sequel with The Snowdog, the Snowman is untarnished. It is innocent and pure; an incredible feat of imagination.
Brilliant and iconic, The Snowman is one of the definitive Christmas movies.