The Snowman

Based on Raymond Briggs' book, The Snowman is a family classic for generations to enjoy.
Dianne Jackson
David BowieRaymond BriggsMel Smith
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4.9 out of 5 stars

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ClaytonReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2017
2.0 out of 5 starsI love this film and I've watched it probably 50 times - DVD Version is better than Blu-ray
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I love this film and I've watched it probably 50 times with my kids over the years. I have every scene memorized. I own both the DVD and the Blu-ray version, and I'm extremely disappointed by the Blu-ray version for 2 reasons:

1) It does not include the original introduction by Raymond Briggs. I love hearing him recite: "I remember that winter because it had brought the heaviest snow I had ever seen. Snow had fallen steadily all night long and in the morning I woke in a room filled with light and silence, the whole world seemed to be held in a dream-like stillness. It was a magical day... and it was on that day I made the Snowman."

2) On the Blu-ray version, the entire top and bottom of every scene are cropped away to make the original square 4:3 presentation fill the rectangular 16:9 shape of HDTVs. Once you notice that the tops and bottoms of scenes are missing, you can't un-see it. You can't help but notice when heads cut out of scenes, and other details are missing.

I only watch the DVD version because I want to see the entirety of every scene as it was originally created and framed. I highly recommend getting the DVD version instead. It doesn't fill the entire width of your HDTV, but it's not supposed to. Enjoy the movie in the original format, with bars along the side and every other perfect imperfection.
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Matto BorkeReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsit's sad the ending, but without an ending there is no beginning
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Just discovered this in 2019, this little film fantasy from 1982. So lucky me not to miss it entirely. It's quite lovely how the style of the drawings of the book were carried over into the film. By being not so "realistic" it sets the imagination freer. And that the music so intertwined with the moving images made the experience so much "walking in the air".
Some here expressed sadness at the ending, but even dreams end. And music, after the beginning, it is in movement until finally reaching the end. It is the fleeting of the moment that bids you to be fully in it while in motion.
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MylzReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsan unforgettable, genuine Christmastime classic
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In these days of cookie-cutter computer-generated animation, The Snowman is more valuable than ever as children's entertainment. Rather than trying to sucker kids in with loud sound effects, hyperactivity, and one-liner smartypants dialogue, The Snowman enchants youngsters with its beautiful music, gently dazzling dreamscape imagery, and delightfully magical escapades of a boy and his snowman. Although the film has no dialogue (apart from the brief intro), artist Raymond Briggs offers children a truly unique viewing experience that will likely have them wanting more. While the film seems geared for kids aged 3 to 7 years, it has the extraordinary ability to transfix and move people far beyond their childhood years.
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Good dealReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful film, brings back so many memories of my son's childhood
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I've been watching Christmas movies on Prime, and this popped up as a recommended, and I instantly clicked -- this is not the blue ray version which apparently made some edits -- I had been up in my attic last week looking in Christmas boxes, and this well loved and read book was in the box with the Christmas books -- I began watching it in the 1980's, I think -- my son was born in 1991 -- gosh, we've read and read this book and watched the film -- everyone associated with this project should be extremely proud of the art they produced. My son is 29 now -- I called him and asked him for a date -- we're making cookies, the traditional slice and bake with the Christmas tree and Rudolph inside -- ha -- and watching Rudolph on Tuesday, and I'm hoping he will agree to stay and watch the Snowman again with me -- I feel nostalgic for the simpler times -- now it seems you can't watch anything without the F word being bantered about -- I'm going to change my career to screen writer because all you need to do is file that F word in your merge file and then hit the button a couple hundred times and you have a screen play or new book -- sigh. Thanks to Amazon for making this available. Due to my age and health, I'm in covid lockdown since March -- it's 11/29/20 -- and I would not have survived without Amazon -- I'm able to order a lot from the website, and then there's a great selection of prime videos. And when there have been small issues, they immediately rectify the situation -- and the monthly cost is so low -- it seems we're all too fast to complain, but often forget to say thank you -- I asked someone about that prior to covid, and she was older than me and said -- well, why should I say thank you for providing the service they're paid to do -- and I replied: because they are not AI bots -- they're real people, whose job it is to listen to hundreds of complaints a day -- when someone is kind and remedies your situation, it takes one breath to tell them you appreciate them being there -- she grunted at me and left -- well, on behalf of all those grumpy grunting old ladies, Amazon, I thank you !!!!! Patricia
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HilReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsWe love The Snowman
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If it's possible you've been living under a rock and you aren't familiar with The Snowman, get this! It's a magical story without words, and the music is beautiful. Your kids will love it, and you will stand in the doorway watching it, too, because it's amazing. Ok, it's also a little sad, because, spoiler alert, the snowman melts, but hey, life isn't perfect, and all magical moments must come to an end. But kids tend to be mesmerized by this, and it really gets their imaginations going. The music and animation are lovely. Don't miss this classic.
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Rebecca ManringReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsAn enchanting classic
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Love this sweet movie - the book is equally enchanting! Our kids have all watched this at various stages - even though older now, they love watching it with little children and relive the wonder all over again! My daughter even bought the music Walking In The Air. We consider this a classic.
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MellieReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsBeyond wonderful...
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My stepson had told me about this movie back in the 90s, and said his mom had it on a VHS tape. Somehow, I got hold of a copy of the book and also the DVD. Have loved it ever since. It is a story very well (1) told, (2) drawn, and (3) animated.

As for the thing about the missing David Bowie intro (see other reviews), if you must see it, go to YouTube. But as much as I looked forward to seeing that intro, the original intro fits way better for this piece. And as cool as is David Bowie, the author's intro works much better, as might be expected.

** Spoiler alert: the ending makes me cry, so when I re-watch the movie, I try to stop it right before that. But it is bittersweet, so sometimes I stick it out for the "sweet" part.
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IamthatiamReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2019
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I bought this, along with the other one for my grandson to view on the car video. WHAT A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. He asks me "why can't I hear any talking"? So, I told him that we will play it on my home DVD player. I am APPALLED to find that there is absolutely no talking at all. It is just music and animation. So, I re-read the description from top to bottom SEVERAL TIMES to see if there was anything that stated NO DIALOGUE OR TALKING! I can't imagine selling an item without FULL DISCLOSURE! I even read all the reviews AND ONLY one mentioned "no dialogue". I am further disgusted that a great many reviewers gave five stars and FOR WHAT? I only wish there was a worse ever review star.
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