The Snowman is brought back to imperfect life again

The Showman by Raymond Briggs

The Showman by Raymond Briggs

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The creator of The Snowman is happy with a sequel - but only because it’s hand-drawn. Arts correspondent Nick Ahad on animation’s past and future.

Scene: The Mos Eisley Cantina. Luke Skywalker enters with C3PO. We already know, thanks to Obi Wan-Kenobi, that the spaceport is a “hive of scum and villainy” and when Luke enters we see the villainous scum are rendered in latex, foam and rubber – they are there, perhaps not exactly in the flesh, but in physical form in George Lucas’s 1977 Star Wars.

Fast forward 22 years and George Lucas breaks the hearts of millions of men, whose state of arrested development began when they first saw his epochal movie, with a character called Jar Jar Binks.

 

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