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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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