The Christmas movie countdown is our way of sharing the movies that get us in the festive mood, every day until xmas (kinda like an advent calender, minus the chocolate, sorry)
The Snowman is the simple but powerful story of a boy whose snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve. The plot, although nothing too original or convention defying, (apart from him using an orange instead of a carrot for the snowman’s nose) is profoundly touching as the boy and his snowman forge an immediate bond and sweetly show each other their worlds. The lack of speech apart from the introduction (which in one version is done by David frickin’ Bowie!!!) helps give the movie a timeless quality and allows me to watch it with my family over and over. But it’s not just me that is dazzled by this film The Snowman lives on in the more modern sequel “The Snowman and the Snowdog” and has been made into a play and video game not to mention being nominated for a prestigious Academy Award for animated short film in 1982. However a warning to all you who have some how lived your life to this point without seeing this film… you WILL cry. Do not be lulled into a sense of security by thinking “it’s a kid’s film they won’t break my heart”. They will, just you wait. Don’t think of edge of your seat bluffing of toy story 3 think the heart wrenching tragedy of Bambi. So before settling down under a blanket with your hot chocolate, make sure you have some tissues.
DOES IT PASS THE BECHDEL TEST?
Sadly the snowman does not past the Bechdel test, not only due to the fact that no one speaks in the film but also because it contains only one woman (and some fleeting shots of snowwomen) ,who fulfils a traditional mother role.