An “Academy Award” nominee (Best Animated Short Film 1982), this delightful animation weaves a spell of magical enchantment as a young boy’s snowman comes to life and escorts him on a magical flying visit to the North Pole. With a special introduction by David Bowie, “The Snowman” is absolutely superlative family entertainment.
When I was given this movie to review, I was a little hesitant as I remember watching this movie as a little girl, and I remembered how sad it made me at the end. As an adult, I found myself tearing up once again. The movie, based on the Raymond Briggs book, was done very well and I am thoroughly amazed at how neat the animation in the movie is. It almost has a colored pencil effect. The movie itself is very cute and shows the friendship between James, a young boy and his snowman, made from the fresh fallen snow. The boy spends an enchanted evening flying through the sky at the hand of his Snowman pal and sees things only his imagination would allow him to. In the end, after the adventure, James awakens the next morning to find his Snowman friend melted. This is where I began to tear up because it is almost as if the boy is losing one of his best friends. The movie is a great winter story and would be fantastic for children of all ages. We are pleased to award this movie the Dove Seal.