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Greenlit: The Snowman Documentary, Channel 4

The Snowman Documentary (w/t)- The Snowman is one of the most watched and most loved British animation films of all time, yet the talent behind The Snowman phenomenon is a unique and distinctive man who is largely unknown. Raymond Briggs began writing and illustrating children’s books more than forty years ago and in 1978, he wrote one of the most popular children’s books ever published, The Snowman.

Now, 30 years after the original, a new sequel film to The Snowman is being made and Briggs is giving us a glimpse of his world. This brand new one-off film eatures Briggs in his Sussex retreat and the small army of people required to produce the new film. Briggs reveals why, after many years of refusing to sanction a sequel, he has finally relented and given his approval to the new movie. To try and maintain the feel of the original film, it’s being drawn by hand under the direction of the key designers of the original The Snowman film. A huge team of animators has been assembled to create the 15,925 individual frames required to make the sequel to one of the most iconic animations.

Along with Biggs, we’ll meet the creative team behind the sequel including directors, animators and producers – many of whom played a huge part in the original. Others from the literary world such Quentin Blake, Posy Simmonds and Steve Bell also share their thoughts on why Briggs has become a pioneer in the world of graphic books and what makes his work so unique and popular.

Channel: Channel 4

TX: Christmas 2012

Source: Channel 4 press release

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