The Snowman (1982) video based on Raymond Brigg’s book

Dec 3

I remember first seeing this on PBS way back when, even before my kids were born. It’s stuck with me, just as The Velveteen Rabbit, narrated by Meryl Streep, has. The music in this never fails to stir my heart and soul.

The Snowman is an animated television film based on Raymond Briggs’ 1978 picture book The Snowman. It was directed by Dianne Jackson for the British public service Channel 4. It was first shown on 26 December 1982, and was an immediate success. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and won a BAFTA TV Award.

The story is told through pictures, action and music, scored by Howard Blake, and is wordless, with the exception of the central song “Walking in the Air”. The orchestral score was performed in the film by the Sinfonia of London and the song was performed by Peter Auty, a St Paul’s Cathedral choirboy.

The special ranks #71 on the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes, a list drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000, based on a vote by industry professionals. It was voted #4 in UKTV Gold’s Greatest TV Christmas Moments. It came third in Channel 4’s poll of 100 Greatest Christmas Moments in 2004. Its broadcast, usually on Christmas Eve, has become an annual festive event.



Walking in the air, floating the sky
Floating in the air

We’re walking in the air
We’re floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly

We’re holding very tight
I’m riding in the midnight blue
I’m finding I can fly so high above with you

Far across the world
The villages go by like trees
The rivers and the hills
The forest and the streams

Children gaze open mouth
Taken by surprise
Nobody down below believes their eyes

We’re surfing in the air
We’re swimming in the frozen sky
We’re drifting over icy
Mountains floating by

Suddenly swooping low on an ocean deep
Arousing of a mighty monster from its sleep

We’re walking in the air
We’re dancing in the midnight sky
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly

Songwriters: Howard David Blake

13 Comments Add yours

  1. I wish I had time to watch this 26 minute video.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wish you did also. It’s worth every minute.

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  2. we loved the film, and went to the play when is was dramatised in London several years ago. Magical.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Even live action can’t beat that video, but I bet it would be fun to see it dramatised.

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  3. badfinger20 says:

    It’s been so long since I saw that. I love the animation of it also. I miss that style of animation.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s a first class video.

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  4. pvcann says:

    Love that snowman. Wasn’t familiar with the music at all.

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  5. I certainly remember seeing this years ago, as it made an indelible impression on me. Beautiful story and execution.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. The music puts the tinsel on the tree.

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  6. So good, Lisa. I watched it before and just watched most of it again!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You know that feeling when your heart feels like it will burst with joy? I get that every time I watch it. It is so pure and innocent and the music so perfectly composed and arranged to fit the story.

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  7. randydafoe says:

    I am going to revisit this, thanks for the introduction Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re welcome, Randy. Happy you will revisit it.

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