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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Auty, David Bowie, Raymond Briggs
  • Directors: Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami
  • Writers: Raymond Briggs
  • Producers: Iain Harvey, John Coates
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Columbia
  • VHS Release Date: Sept. 14 2004
  • Run Time: 26 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000048V8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,352 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
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Product Description

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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15 2004
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A.J on Jan. 20 2004
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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Format: Blu-ray
THE SNOWMAN [1982] [30th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] Enchanting, delightful, timeless! Leaves Memories with You That Will Never Melt Away!

‘THE SNOWMAN’ which was adapted from Raymond Briggs’s classic picture book, is a family favourite. A beautiful story of a boy whose snowman comes to life at midnight, it has captured the imagination of generations and continues to enchant. Nominated for an Oscar in 1982 and awarded the British Academy Award for best children’s entertainment in the same year, no family film collection is complete without James and his wondrous friend.

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 1982 Academy Awards®: Nominated: Best Animated Short Film for John Coates. 1982 BAFTS® TV Awards: Win: Best Children's Programme (Entertainment/Drama) for John Coates. Nominated: Best Graphics for Dianne Jackson and Raymond Briggs.

Cast: David Bowie (Re-Released Version) and Raymond Briggs (voice)

Directors: Dianne Jackson and Jimmy T Murakami (supervising director)

Producers: Iain Harvey and John Coates

Screenplay: Raymond Briggs (book)

Composer: Howard Blake

Music: Peter Auty (treble) and Sinfonia of London

Art Department: Dianne Jackson, Hilary Audus, Jill Brooks and Joanna Harrison

Special Effects: Mario Cassar

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1

Audio: English: 2.0 LPMC Stereo Audio

Running Time: 26 minutes

Region: Region B/2

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Universal Pictures UK

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Christmas wouldn’t be the same without another showing for the heart-melting fantasy about a boy whose snowman creation magically comes to life.
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By A Customer on April 10 2000
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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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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