The Snowman in full with Introduction

In 1982 a gentle picture book by Raymond Briggs about a boy’s nighttime adventure with his snowman was brought to life to become a beloved 80s animated classic: the Snowman. This wordless animation introduced a new classic Christmas tune Walking in the Air to the world. When the special aired in the UK it originally had an introduction by Briggs himself speaking about his own boyhood Christmas but in subsequent airings had alternative openers including one with David Bowie, which is the one which aired in the US. For the film’s 20th anniversary DVD release yet another, animated opener was recorded. Here is the original special with the Raymond Briggs operning as it was intended to be viewed: The Snowman courtesy xBeps

Happy Christmas Eve from Yello80s!

When I was a kid we went to late service on Christmas Eve and usually stayed up at least until midnight to watch either A. Midnight Mass at St. Peter’s, B. A Christmas Carol (the Alistair Sims version) or C. Whatever special PBS was replaying after the earlier schedule. One year that stands out to me was when we watched The Snowman, the animated production based on British author/ illustrator Raymond Briggs’ picture book of the same name. Here it is, complete with original intro. If you’re still up, sit down with some cocoa and the family and enjoy this timeless 1982 special. Courtesy Xbeps’s Channel

Yello80s Advent countdown day 28: She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown

This 1980 Peanuts feature revolved around Peppermint Patty for a change and doesn’t get played too much anymore but you can find it on compilation DVDs. Courtesy Ian Sweeney

Yello80s Advent Countdown day 27: Raggedy Ann and Andy

That pilot looks an awful lot like Wile E. Coyote! In this cute specail, a Comet the reindeer looks for someone she can carry back home to help thwart the coyote-looking wolf’s plans to ruin Christmas and finds Raggedy Ann and Andy. Courtesy DoctorManchu

Yello80s Advent countdown day 26: Christmas ads 1986

I remember 1986 as being an EXCELLENT year for toys, tv and films. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see what our parents were saving up to get us for Christmas that year in this collection of 1986 Christmas ads. Courtesy the TjTube

Yello80s Advent countdown day 25: The Love Boat

The Love Boat, to me as a kid, had the longest possible opening ever. How many stars could they squeeze within a one-show segment and still have a storyline? Turns out quite a few. Here are some highlights from the 1980 Christmas episode. Courtesy kalli2 And this cute clip featuring Judith Barsi (voiced Ann-MArie in All Dogs go to Heaven) from the 1986 Christmas episode: Courtesy Suaviterinmodo

Yello80s Advent countdown day 24: Christmas in Tattertown

A 1988 special made for Nickelodeon that didn’t quite stand the test of time- perfect for this nostalgia blog! Courtesy Geoffrey Darby

Yello80s Advent countdown day 23: Candy Claus 3/3

So glad you’ve stuck around for the finale, part 3! Courtesy SACDMan

Yello80s Advent countdown day 21: Candy Claus 2/3

And on we boldly go to part 2 of 3… Courtesy SACDMan