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Two christmassy classics,
This review is from: The Snowman/Father Christmas [DVD]  (DVD)
The Snowman was originally a children's book written by Raymond Briggs. The Snowman was written in 1978 and was turned into a 26 minute long animated film in 1982. It tells the story of a boy who builds a snowman that comes to life.
One thing which I love about The Snowman is that there are no voices or sounds - everything is done by an orchestra. All activities, emotions and feelings are captured and conveyed by different instruments. The Snowman also features the well known song 'Walking In The Air' sung by Peter Auty (a young Aled Jones also released the song in 1985). The illustrations are lovely - very simple, quite grainy and slightly dated but this all adds to the charm of the film. The length of the film is also good as it is long enough to tell a good story but doesn't drag on and holds a childs attention right through to the end. The only thing which I've never really liked about the film is the ending, but I couldn't imagine it any other way. It's quite a tear jerker and could quite easily upset young children (but don't let this put you off).
I have great nostalgic memories of The Snowman and watching it on repeat every Christmas when I was a child. This is a great film for the festive season and will get everybody in a feel good, Christmas mood.
The second film on the DVD is called Father Christmas. Father Christmas originated from two separate children's books written by Raymond Briggs. Father Christmas was written in 1973 and Father Christmas Goes On Holiday (the sequel) was written in 1975. In 1991 the books were made into a short animated film.
Father Christmas is not portrayed as the happy jolly man that everybody knows and loves, instead he is quite a miserable man that says the word "bloomin" quite a lot. He is also voiced by Mel Smith and doesn't live in the North Pole, instead he lives in a terrace house. Father Christmas is seen doing a lot of everyday household chores such as washing up and feeding his pets. There is no sign of snow, elves, Mrs Claus or toy workshops - all traditional things that you would usually associate with Father Christmas. This might be slightly off putting for some and might take some getting used to but Father Christmas is very amusing and likable and is likely to win you over.
Overall, I think Father Christmas has a good and unique story, with a different but still fun perspective on Christmas. Young children might be slightly confused by Santa's behaviour but I imagine that most children will enjoy this film.
There aren't any extras on the DVD.
Do I recommend this DVD? Absolutely. Plus what great value for money!