I LOVE the UK, the Queen, the scones, the telly, the tea, the shops, the humour, the different accents, well… you guessed it pretty much everything about the British culture. Hence the title of this series ‘British Crush‘ where I will talk about something that I love about the country and its lifestyle.
Christmas edition of the British Crush series! So this time I’m talking about a children’s book that was turned into a film.
The Snowman was written by Raymond Briggs and contains no words at all. It is just a picture book. Not just a picture book actually: it is a beautiful graphic novel about a little boy who builds a snowman that magically comes to life. However this is not a typical Christmas story as it is more a tale about death. The author did not intent to create a holiday story: in the original book there is no reference to Christmas and the tree and other holiday elements were all added in the movie.
The drawings have a nostalgic feel that I absolutely crave at Christmas time. Totally logical as the book was created in 1978. Also the plot remind me of the family members I lost making special to me now to watch or read The Snowman around this time of the year. Everywhere on the web they say the music Walking In The Air was absolutely iconic and it is true that it is lovely indeed.
I embedded the video featuring an introduction by Raymond Briggs himself so you can appreciate the music and hand drawings for yourself.