For those of you who do not know me…I love Christmas. Yes, I’m the one that secretly plays Christmas music well before Thanksgiving, mostly so I can be more creative in my drawing. I don’t know, but the songs, or even the music alone, brings out the child in me. I also love certain Christmas movies that I just have to play year after year, no matter how old I get. I just have to.
One is of course, is A Charlie Brown Christmas. That’s a given. Second, The House Without A Christmas Tree (my favorite). Third…The Snowman. If you have not seen this one, you have to. I first saw it on TV when the kids were small and they just sat in awe the whole time it was on. Of course, I loved it because of the artwork and creativity in the piece. But, the interest lies in the fact that it is based on a children’s book which has no words…and so they made the movie wordless as well, except for a few sounds and a musical flying scene, which is one of the best parts of the movie. The drawings are done in colored pencil (which is my media)and it plays on the fantasy of every child’s dream, a snowman coming to life. He plays with the boy who created him and takes him on an adventure all in one night.
Here is a description of the movie I found on Amazon:
‘This is a charming British animated short film based on the classic children’s book by Raymond Briggs and crafted with a colored-pencils-on-paper look, like fluffy, hand-drawn illustrations. It tells the story (although without words) of a small boy in rural England whose lovingly constructed snowman comes to life and takes him flying over the white-blanketed landscapes, in a beautiful rotoscoped (traced) sequence based on live-action flying footage. Part of the charm of the film is the gentle, everyday quality of its fantasy adventures: the snowman is invited in to try on clothes and play with the Christmas decorations, then plays host to the boy at a party in the woods, at which his snowy relatives do English country dances. This is one of the very few Christmas tapes on the market that really deserves to be a holiday perennial, a gentle fable of friendship and the power of imagination.” –David Chute
I have found the flying scene on you tube and the music you may be familiar with. The song is beautiful…please listen.
So please, if you get a chance to rent the movie or buy it , please do and add it to that collection of yours. You won’t regret it. Also, don’t be disappointed in the end. Just play it from the beginning and it starts the adventure all over again. There’s always hope. 🙂