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Snowman, the

Peter Auty , David Bowie , Dianne Jackson , Jimmy T. Murakami    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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This charming British animated short film (it's just 23 minutes long) is a 1982 production of London's Channel 4, based on the classic children's book by Raymond Briggs and crafted with a colored-pencils-on-paper look, like fluffy, hand-drawn illustrations. Small children should be entranced by the story of a small boy in rural England whose lovingly constructed snowman comes to life and takes him flying over the white-blanketed landscapes, in a beautiful rotoscoped (traced) sequence based on live-action flying footage. Part of the charm of the film is the gentle, everyday quality of its fantasy adventures: the snowman is invited in to try on clothes and play with the Christmas decorations, then plays host to the boy at a party in the woods, at which his snowy relatives do English country dances. This is one of the very few Christmas tapes on the market that really deserves to be a holiday perennial, a gentle fable of friendship and the power of imagination. --David Chute

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adaptation April 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
THE SNOWMAN (1982) was an incredible christmas movie.But enventhough it had no talking and just music in it,I would give it 5 stars (or more if possible).It was apted from the wordless story THE SNOWMAN (1978) by Raymond Briggs,renewed in 1990 with words.The book was great,too.I have the special 1990 editon of the book.I DON'T have the movie,but I rented it once and saw it in school when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade.In this 23 minute cartoon ,James builds a snowman and it comes to life.When it comes to life,James invites the snowman to his house and the snowman gives James a flying trip.The book and the movie are both good for preschoolers.If you like Disney's film FANTASIA(1940)(wich also had no talking and just music),Buy this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars even old people watch cartoons too : ) Jan. 20 2004
By A.J
Format:VHS Tape
The story and superb animation to the Snowman has to be the most enjoyable, shortest(23 minuite) movie i ever seen.
It all started when my grand children came to greet me on christmas day, as i am a very old man i cant do anything besides watching TV. Then we all sat together and flicked threw the channels to see anything interesting to watch on christmas day.
All of a sudden, the snowman came on tele. My grand children sat next to me as i was smoking my pipe and we watching the most amazing and very enjoyable animation ever. After watching it, i orderd 9 dvd versions for my grand children and even one for myself.hehehe
I personally recommend this cartoon for all ages, it is one of those movies which will remain in your memory the rest of your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Children's videos available April 10 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This video will always be one of our family favorites. It is so simple we have been watching it since my daughter was two, yet we can still watch it with the same enthusiasm today as we enter her 11th year.
The story is about faith and belief--a sense of wonder, but in a way that is more spiritual than religious. Like the reviewer below, we would heartily agree that being Christian is not a pre-requisite for enjoyment, despite a delightful dance scene with Santa Claus, (the only character in the movie directly related to Christmas).
The movie touches a place in the heart which some may associate with religious belief, while others may be satisfied to find satisfactory the magic and mysterious nature of a child's imaginary world.
In our home, every member of the family is delighted by the movie's magic, without any reservation. The story emphasizes the power of a child's belief, and his creative imagination, and is greatly aided by its lack of conversation or narration, reflecting the wordless storybook which inspired it.
The score, which includes a beautiful, haunting piece of instrumental music for the boy's journey to the North Pole, is mysterious and soothing--very European and modern, yet perfectly appropriate for this movie. I can't think of any reason not to buy this video for every child you know--it's really the type of movie children should grow up with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my hearts leaps up when I watch "The Snowman," Nov. 20 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Together by the fire, my 2 1/2 year old daughter and I curl up under blankets, sipping hot chocolate and ooohing and ahhhing over "The Snowman." I am moved to tears by this beautiful dream. My daughter hugs me hard and watches intently as James, the lovely boy, enters a world we all desperately want to believe exists- a world where snowmen come to life and fly- even amongst other snowmen! We are privy to a magical world where snowmen gather in the snow laden forest, while the rest of the world sleeps, dancing and playing silent instruments.
After we watch "The Snowman," I usher my daughter off to her nap, and she snuggles in tightly under her covers and speaks-in a dreamy voice-- of the snowman, and how she can't wait for snow to fall.
"The Snowman" has shaped her imagination in a way I never thought possible. Thank you so much, Mr. Briggs, for bringing such magic into our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "We're flying through the air..." March 28 2002
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Believe in magic.
I was a young lad when I first saw "the Snowman." Watching cartoons like "Silverhawks" and "The Mighty Orbots" had left me jaded, cynical, and violence-prone. Following that course would have ended me up in heaps of trouble--I might've even been wanted by the C.I.A.!
Fate intervened on a cold, wintry day in fourth grade, when our wonderful teacher treated us to an in-class video. Little hooligan that I was, I scoffed when the title "the Snowman" appeared. Before long, however, I was swept into a world of beauty, love, and swirling snow. I was transfixed by the image of the Snowman and the little boy soaring o'er the countryside, able to leave all their cares below.
From that day, I've spread joy, peace and love to others. It amazes me that I was once so foolish and cruel. A simple, lovely cartoon changed all that.
Believe in magic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still enjoy it after 16 years! Dec 23 2003
By Kim
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this video for the first time when I was a very young child and always enjoyed it. Over the years, I grew up and forgot about it and how much I enjoyed it... until a teacher showed it to my class again in 8th grade. I instantly remembered the movie and fell in love with it again. It brought back such warm memories of my childhood that gave me a strong sense of peace. Ever since then, I have watched it once a year around Christmas time, along with "A Charlie Brown Christmas". I hope that I watch this video every single Christmas for the rest of my life. I can't wait to share it with my little ones so that they can enjoy it as well. The music is absolutely fantastic and part of the reason why I love it so much. So, to possible buyers... Please buy this for your children! It will be something that they enjoy and treasure for the rest of their lives, as I have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as described
I used to watch this movie as a child, and my family still brings it up every Christmas. Now we can watch it once again next year at Christmas time! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kimberley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great children's movie !
Great children's movie but I was surprised it was not adapted to automatically play on North American DVD player since I purchased through amazon.ca
Published 5 months ago by Linda Rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars The Snowman
I really love this movie....but I thought I was buying a DVD that my family could watch on the TV using our DVD player...it wouldnt work. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Erin Taglioni
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
Bought for my grandchildren who live in CA I loved this when seen in my own country so I'm sure they will love it also.
Published 7 months ago by sandy
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrated
This DVD does not play in North America. The Ad was not clear in this matter and I have returned the product. A waste of everybody's time.
Published 7 months ago by Angelo Bertoia
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb animation
One of the best holiday season animation, must be watched by all. Good in any language since there is no talking
Published 9 months ago by Andre
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbe animation
A must. un délice pour les yeux. Un film pour les enfants et les adultes. Un classique de Noel à acquérir
Published 12 months ago by Paul-andre Chateauneuf
5.0 out of 5 stars Snow days gone by
This is a Christmas special must view once a year, (at least) for me. Enchanting, inspiring, amazing short film, animated. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Vera C. Fran
1.0 out of 5 stars Less than forthcoming, poor customer service, demeaning
These were to be a last minute Christmas gifts to my grand kids. They did not play on my DVD player because they are region B! Read more
Published 19 months ago by judy george
5.0 out of 5 stars The Snowman
I love this movie and have bought it for several people. It is especially nice to see my autistic grandson enjoy it. He has watched it many times. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Veronica Douglas
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