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The Snowman - Film Review

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by Alexander Dermer (subscribe)
Alex is a freelance writer, retail worker, short film maker, an avid lover of The Arts and always willing to explore.
Published December 3rd 2012
Leaves Memories With You That Will Never Melt Away
A sensationally seasonal tearjerker suitable for the entire family.

The tale of The Snowman follows the story of a young boy on one winter's day, as he decides that he wants to build a snowman. After much effort put into building his frosty creation, at the stroke of midnight whilst the young boy is fast asleep, the snowman suddenly springs to life. We then follow the snowman whilst accompanied by the young boy, as they impart on a magical wondering which leads them on a journey all the way to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

Dianne Jackson's and Jimmy T. Murakami's masterful direction of The Snowman would struggle if it had tried to be more of a thriving example of an adaptation done right. Within being obviously robbed of it's 1983 Oscar for best animated short, The Snowman is still an incredibly underrated Christmas special that could not be more faithfully adapted from it's original source, that is Raymond Brigg's original 1978 classic story book. The Snowman also features the unquestionable talent of David Bowie/Raymond Briggs (depending on the UK or US release) as the older version of the young boy and as the narrator before the story begins.

The most obvious highlight of The Snowman is easily it's hauntingly beautiful use of sound and animation. From the jaw dropping voice of angelic St Pauls Cathedral choir boy Peter Auty, and featuring an incredible orchestral score by the Sinfonia of London; Walking In The Air is a dazzling piece that is almost guaranteed to stay with you throughout the film, and long after the final credits roll. I will not lie to you and say that The Snowman is an entirely happy concoction, however despite it's somewhat melancholy ending, this story still stands out to be a must see Christmas classic, for even those who are usually only loyal to their happy go lucky cinematic fiction.

Along with It's A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story and Home Alone; The Snowman is a must see for everyone during this jolly commercialized season.


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You can purchase the DVD at Amazon.
You can also purchase the DVD in a double pack along with the Nuttiest Nutcracker at Amazon.
You can also purchase the DVD in a double pack along with Father Christmas at Amazon.
You can also purchase the original storybook at Amazon and Dymocks.
You can also purchase the "Step-Into-Reading" edition of the book at Amazon.
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Why? Because it's a masterpiece
When: Available now
Where: on DVD
Cost: $5 - $20
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