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Raymond Briggs: curmudgeonly creator of 'The Snowman'

Raymond Briggs: curmudgeonly creator of ‘The Snowman’

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Raymond Briggs: curmudgeonly creator of ‘The Snowman’


Raymond Briggs’ books were never sugar-coated
AFP

SHAUN CURRY

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British cartoonist and illustrator Raymond Briggs called himself “a miserable old git”. Even his publisher said he was “the grumpiest of grumpy old men”.

But he will be forever associated with a joyous creation — “The Snowman”, which has enchanted generations of children since it was published in 1978.

The delicately drawn picture book, about a young, ginger-haired boy who builds a snowman that magically comes to life, was transformed into an animated film in 1982.

First shown on British TV, with an introduction by David Bowie in some later versions, the film and its memorable musical score has become synonymous with Christmas ever since.

Briggs, whose death aged 88 was announced Wednesday, himself famously disliked the festive season but the story,…

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