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The 30 Best Christmas Movies Ever
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The 30 Best Christmas Movies Ever | 26. The Snowman
26. The Snowman

Year: 1982

Directors: Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami

Starring: Peter Auty, David Bowie, Raymond Briggs

It’s less than 30 minutes long, wordless apart from a song sung by a boy soprano, and features a frankly weird David Bowie introduction(in some versions), with the Goblin King wearing a scarf covered in snowmen. And yet, despite or because of all these things, this is as necessary for Christmas as mince pies and binging on Quality Street. The pencil-drawn animation is gorgeous, the music unforgettable and the story much less schmaltzy-happy than you might expect for the season. In fact, it’s likely to move small children, and indeed grown men, to tears. Still, it has to be watched or you’re not allowed your Christmas dinner; that’s just the rules.
 

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1 A Christmas Story
This list is all wrong, A Christmas Story is obviously the best Christmas movie ever made. More

Posted by marinehokie on Tuesday December 9, 2014, 02:22

2 I have two Christmas films and neither are here.
What about The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) or In Bruges? More

Posted by Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D on Thursday December 4, 2014, 13:03

3 Star Trek Generations?
Picards nexus... More

Posted by jackcarter on Thursday December 4, 2014, 10:56

4 Right Now, Denis Leary is Crying
Where's The Ref??? More

Posted by CaptainAverage on Tuesday December 10, 2013, 06:40

5 Erm...
Where's Titanic? Nothing should be watched more than Titanic on Boxing Day! More

Posted by pablo94 on Tuesday December 25, 2012, 12:46

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brilliant shout with mickey's christmas carol was devastated to find out my video copy of it last year was broke, damn nearly ruined my christmas found it online, and brought back the great memories of my childhood christmases More

Posted by jordieb on Thursday December 22, 2011, 23:20

7 Christmas
What kind of list is this? I do not know how you created ths list. Christmas in Connecticut is not even on the list. I think you need to rethink what Christmas is all about. More

Posted by bugsyb62 on Friday November 11, 2011, 16:18

8 RE: Bah Humbuggery
you evil!! :)) More

Posted by doncorti on Sunday December 26, 2010, 12:53

9 RE: Bah Humbuggery
Thanks for the kitten abuse! I'm off to spend Christmas kicking some cats into snow. More

Posted by Arfpint on Wednesday December 22, 2010, 18:03


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