533. The Snowman – Dianne Jackson

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SUMMARY: A young boy builds a snowman which comes to life and takes him on a Christmas adventure.

WHY IT’S HERE: British director Dianne Jackson’s ‘The Snowman’ is a breathtakingly beautiful adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ picture book of the same name. A perennial favourite on Christmas TV in the UK, the annual airings of ‘The Snowman’ have not dimmed its appeal, instead enhancing its timeless quality with a warm seasonal glow. Although Briggs’ source material makes no mention of Christmas, the subject matter was an obvious choice for a Christmas film and Jackson introduces new plot points involving a trip to see Father Christmas and a party with various other snowpeople. With its beautiful snowy visuals and the ever-popular Aled Jones song ‘Walking in the Air’ on the soundtrack, ‘The Snowman’ is as much a part of British Christmastime as mince pies and crackers, although its uncompromisingly sad ending introduces a touch of melancholia that has haunted many a childhood memory.

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