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From the writer of The Snowman. The Chicago Reader says "Director Jimmy Murakami and screenwriter Raymond Briggs's English 1986 animated feature gets us to think the unthinkable-to imagine the after effects of a nuclear holocaust-by creating a very funny and believable elderly English couple, still mired in memories of World War II.

Great film. Isn't that right, ducks?
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I had the illustrated book of this film when I was a kid. Very sobering growing up in the late 70's early 80's. I used to go to sleep wishing there would not be a Nuclear war in the night or at least before my Birthday, Xmas etc ...
Edited by: "CLOUD_TIGER" 25th Nov 2019
Omg. This as an appetizer then finished off with "grave of the fireflies" to sob uncontrollably.
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Omg. This as an appetizer then finished off with "grave of the fireflies" to sob uncontrollably.
Made me think of Ricky Gervais' Extras.
I had the illustrated book of this film when I was a kid. Very sobering growing up in the late 70's early 80's. I used to go to sleep wishing there would not be a Nuclear war in the night or at least before my Birthday, Xmas etc ...
Edited by: "CLOUD_TIGER" 25th Nov 2019
Merry Christmas!!!!!!!
CLOUD_TIGER25/11/2019 08:54

I had the illustrated book of this film when I was a kid. Very sobering …I had the illustrated book of this film when I was a kid. Very sobering growing up in the late 70's early 80's. I used to go to sleep wishing there would not be a Nuclear war in the night or at least before my Birthday, Xmas etc ...


Yes it was really scary in its time, as a nuclear war is not (quite) so imminent now it probably doesn't feel as relevant but a really good Story nevertheless
Edited by: "col11" 25th Nov 2019
People feel threatened by Trump, but the feeling of a nuclear war was much more real in the 60s to 80s, the cold war years. The authorities actually had public information films advising what to do if there was an attack, there were tv dramas about nuclear war... I mean Ian Gillan even had a song in the charts about it (MAD) :-) This film really hit home at the time.
Edited by: "BlackCloud" 25th Nov 2019
Do you ever wonder what happened to Briggs between The Snowman and this?
BlackCloud25/11/2019 09:54

People feel threatened by Trump, but the feeling of a nuclear war was much …People feel threatened by Trump, but the feeling of a nuclear war was much more real in the 60s to 80s, the cold war years. The authorities actually had public information films advising what to do if there was an attack, there were tv dramas about nuclear war... I mean Ian Gillan even had a song in the charts about it (MAD) :-) This film really hit home at the time.



Was the TV drama called Threads?
Rhoobarb25/11/2019 10:05

Was the TV drama called Threads?


Ah, think you might be right, that was about the 80s, but there were a number of things on the tv about it. The public information films we saw are laughable now,sort of world war 2 mentality... hide under the table etc!
Edited by: "BlackCloud" 25th Nov 2019
BlackCloud25/11/2019 10:21

Ah, think you might be right, that was about the 80s, but there were a …Ah, think you might be right, that was about the 80s, but there were a number of things on the tv about it. The public information films we saw are laughable now,sort of world war 2 mentality... hide under the table etc!


Got them in school.hide in the toilet, yeah right that would save me
Thanks for the anti-nostalgia OP

Don't show this to kids! Then again, I think The Snowman shouldn't be shown or marketed to kids...

Raymond Briggs is a believer in showing kids harsh, cruel reality.

Isn't reality harsh and cruel enough for many, without adding fictional trauma to the mind?

It does not "toughen us up" - this is an antiquated view, not based in science or medicine, but a human collective "peer opinion" conditioning, and personal anecdotal evidence. It does the opposite in most cases, with people (kids especially) suffering real grief or ptsd, without the support needed.

Unfortunately, many will attack this view, and defend their traditional stance - for the same predictable human, conditioned reasons.

This is far too heavy for a Monday
Parappathepappa25/11/2019 10:43

Thanks for the anti-nostalgia OP Don't show this to kids! Then again, I …Thanks for the anti-nostalgia OP Don't show this to kids! Then again, I think The Snowman shouldn't be shown or marketed to kids...Raymond Briggs is a believer in showing kids harsh, cruel reality.Isn't reality harsh and cruel enough for many, without adding fictional trauma to the mind?It does not "toughen us up" - this is an antiquated view, not based in science or medicine, but a human collective "peer opinion" conditioning, and personal anecdotal evidence. It does the opposite in most cases, with people (kids especially) suffering real grief or ptsd, without the support needed.Unfortunately, many will attack this view, and defend their traditional stance - for the same predictable human, conditioned reasons.This is far too heavy for a Monday



I agree this isn't really for kids (or at least young/sensitive kids). I would put it in the same league as Watership Down.
Edited by: "Rhoobarb" 25th Nov 2019
sandstone125/11/2019 10:29

Got them in school.hide in the toilet, yeah right that would save me



WTWB certainly takes a jab at those public announcement videos. Jim fussing over the doors being at x angle, the pamphlet recommendations for this, that and the other. When in reality, it would all be pretty much useless.
BlackCloud25/11/2019 10:21

Ah, think you might be right, that was about the 80s, but there were a …Ah, think you might be right, that was about the 80s, but there were a number of things on the tv about it. The public information films we saw are laughable now,sort of world war 2 mentality... hide under the table etc!


Wasn't there some sort of leaflet recently about what to do incase of attack, seem to remember one recommendation was to "shelter in a building unless building was on fire"
Rhoobarb25/11/2019 10:59

I agree this isn't really for kids (or at least young/sensitive kids). I …I agree this isn't really for kids (or at least young/sensitive kids). I would put it in the same league as Watership Down.


Cripes, that one ruined me as a kid. My wife loves the song "Bright Eyes", but had never seen the film - I told her what the song was about, and the film. She still can't listen to it - big husband oops
blueflash25/11/2019 11:26

Wasn't there some sort of leaflet recently about what to do incase of …Wasn't there some sort of leaflet recently about what to do incase of attack, seem to remember one recommendation was to "shelter in a building unless building was on fire"


Yes, it was part of the "Get Ready for Brexit" campaign.
Horrific film, especially the ending where they're dying of radiation poisioning. Only watched it as a kid because it had David Bowie in it.
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