The Snowman, the captivating tale of a young boy who wakes one snowy Christmas Eve, goes outside and discovers that a snowman he built has magically come to life, first appeared as a children's book by British author/illustrator Raymond Briggs in 1978. A 26-minute animated film adaptation of the story was released in 1982 and nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short Film category that year.
Both book and film are told wordlessly through images. The film is also blessed with Howard Blake's (The Duellists, The Hunger) evocative score and the haunting song "Walking in the Air" to accompany boy and snowman as they frolic in the hours before Christmas dawns.
Many thanks to the San Francisco Symphony for press tickets to this event!