Thursday, January 24, 2019

Short Film: The Snow Man (USA, 1940)

In many places in the world, January is still a snowy winter month. And that is why we're presenting a winter-kind of short film. In theory, this film is set in the summer month of July, but snow is snow is snow, and snow is needed to make a snowman. Even an evil snowman. And before the caps melt and snowmen are but a legend of the past, here is short animated film that shows why kids and cute animals shouldn't play with snow. (Matches are more fun, anyways.)
The Snow Man was written and directed by John Foster (27 Nov 1886 – 16 Feb 1959) and Emanuel "Mannie" Davis (23 Jan 1894 – Oct 1975). In their lifetime, the two worked together on at least 126 cartoon shorts, if not possibly more. The Snow Man and Terrytoons' The Ghost Town (1944 / short film) are the only ones they did together to overtly feature any "horror" elements. 
The plot, as given at the Internet Archives facebook page: "An innocent frolic in the snow turns into a horrifyingly homicidal rampage. Nothing a little global warming can't solve, though."

Like weird old cartoons? Check out these other 20th-century cartoon shorts chosen in the past as a Short Film of the Month:
March 2010: The Skeleton Dance (USA, 1929)
Feb 2011: The Hangman (USA, 1964)
Jan 2013: Bimbo's Initiation (USA, 1931)
Oct 2013: Swing You Sinners! (USA, 1930)
Aug 2014: Balloon Land (USA, 1935)
Oct 2014: Hell's Bells (USA, 1929)
Sept 2015: A Short Vision (USA, 1956)
Feb 2017: Der Fuehrer's Face (USA, 1942)

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