latter half of it the following year (or even the one after that), that I
bought the video of the classic cartoon-short about a Snowman who
discover later that it wasn't. The cartoon has now had three intros:
of Santa (voiced by the late MEL SMITH), and (on DVD) none
at all (but with all three intros as separate options).
was his cover which reached number five in the U.K. charts in 1985.
the animated feature, although his name was missing from the
its predecessor. However, there are a few things I have reservations
in the country is now part of a new estate. Although surely a housing
nored. (We at least know he survived into adulthood and bore an uncan-
ny resemblance to David Bowie.) I suppose, 'though, that one can always
interpret events as James's son and widow moving back to his boyhood
home after having left some years before. Perhaps the adult James only
expired after the plans to move back were finalised, or perhaps (on
a happier note) he's simply away on business at the time.
is utilised for the Snowdog. "Waste not, want not!" as the old saying
Snowman 'merchandise', while the boy himself has a poster of Briggs'
earlier creation from 1977, FUNGUS The BOGEYMAN, on his
bedroom wall. (And see if you can spot the 1966 TV BAT-
MOBILE toy's brief and surprising appearance.)
As for the sequel's song, LIGHT The NIGHT by ANDY
the makers (LUPUS) should've used either an instrumental version
to distinguish it from Auty's. (After all, it is the Snowman's 'signature'
theme, in the same way that JAMES BOND and SUPERMAN have
one also.) Burrow's song is disappointingly underwhelming ('though,
for all I know, may be technically and musically perfect), and fails
to resonate to anywhere near the same degree as Blake's
original 1982 classic composition.
Christmas if you're too much of a skinflint. Well worth watching! One
thing I'd really like to know is this, 'though: what gives the Snowman
his individual personality? Is it the garden he's built in, or the person
who builds him? Or is it perhaps the accessories he wears? If James
is still alive and he were to build a Snowman, would it be a different
one (personality-wise) to the one he built as a kid, or the same
one? Anybody got any thoughts on the matter?