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The Snowman

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This animation from 1982 about a snowman that comes to life has become as much a part of our Christmas as fairy lights, turkeys and presents. A truly charming tale, it tells how James, a young boy who wakes up one Christmas Eve morning to the heaviest snows he’s ever seen, rushes out to make a snowman… and then the magic begins.

Written by Raymond Briggs, this wordless delight features the song everyone sings along with: Walking in the Air, performed here by Peter Auty (not Aled Jones, as many believe).


Raymond Briggs' festive favourite, a wordless animated fantasy telling the story of a small boy whose snowman magically comes to life and whisks him off on the journey of a lifetime to the North Pole. Howard Blake's score includes the award-winning song Walking in the Air, which was taken to number five in the charts by a young Aled Jones, but is here sung by Peter Auty.

Cast & Crew

Director Dianne Jackson
Producer John Coates


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