An integral part of the Christmas tradition
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Raymond Briggs’ heart-warming tale The Snowman. The delightful animated film with its haunting music has so many memories of happy childhood Christmases.
Raymond Briggs, an eccentric character known to speak his mind initially found the film created in 1982 “corny and twee” because the animators inserted scenes where the boy and The Snowman visited Father Christmas. The original children’s picture book was released in the UK in 1978 and was highly commended. The film was a huge success from the start and was nominated for an academy award. It has now become an integral part of Christmas – and watching it every year is part of many families festive traditions.
30th anniversary celebrations marked by release of new animated film
Although he was asked to make a sequel on numerous occasions, it is only this year to mark the 30th anniversary of the film’s release that Raymond Briggs agreed to make a sequel. “It would have been cashing in to do before” said the artist who is not motivated by financial gain and prefers to lead a simple life and buys clothes from charity shops.
The Snowman’s much awaited follow up – The Snowman and The Snowdog, will be shown on Christmas eve in the UK. Make sure you stock up with tissues before watching though as there will be no happy ending this time either. Raymond Briggs believes in realistic outcomes that mirror real life “The Snowman melts, there is nothing particularly gloomy about it. It’s a fact of life”.
Get a snowman soft toy that doesn’t melt
If you would like to keep The Snowman’s magic going, why not give someone one of our Snowman soft toys? These delightful cuddly toys are created from Raymond Briggs artwork and are sure to put smiles on the faces of both adults and children.
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