The Snowman, an Academy award nominated English animated short from 1982, will play Friday and Saturday, December second and third, at Davies accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony. That’s twice this year instead of the one time last Christmas. It’s about an English boy who makes a snowman who comes to life, leaving him to wonder the next morning if the night’s adventures were real or a dream. The boy brings the snowman into the house while his parents sleep and in return the snowman takes the boy on an airborne adventure over Brighton, the English Channel and beyond. The story has no spoken parts, it’s all music except for one song with lyrics sung by a choir boy.
A clip of part one from Youtube plays left. You may actually see it, divided into two parts, on Youtube.
The boy’s name is James, and the writer of the book, Raymond Briggs, narrates and plays the older James. David Bowie also stars. Here is the IMDB page: Snowman film. Running time 26 minutes.
Part One http://youtu.be/PeVaj4zkWy0
Part Two http://youtu.be/P4AV9BrWpMc
The animation has an old fashioned, hand done and childlike look of colored pencil drawings, with a sense of mischief and playfulness that’s charming.
So. The young boy brings the snowman in the house during the night and they get into Mom’s, rather, Mum’s, makeup and boudior. The snowman also encounters the boy’s toys such as roller skates and the trainset and soldiers, while dancing like the clown from the music box. They go outside and get on the motorbike and wreak havoc amid the animals. The snowman in return takes flight with the boy over snowy fields and towns, flying past Brighton’s pavilion and pier and over the English Channel and beyond. The song Walking in the Air is the only verbal part.
Donato Cabrero will again conduct, performing again with the Pacific Boychoir directed again by Kevin Fox.
Here’s the write up from last year’s presentation, which included singing children’s carols.
Songs this year will include All I Want for Christmas is a Hippopotamus, Sleigh Ride, selections from The Nutcracker, and A Christmas Festival.
Tickets cost from $27 to $57 and half price for children under seventeen.
Davies Symphony Hall is at 201 Van Ness Avenue in Civic Center, San Francisco.