returned to Briggs once more with this fine adaptation. Tilly's magical
Polar Bear rewards her friendship by taking her on a tour of
and introducing her to the guiding spirit of the Great Bear in the
night sky, before
heading off back to its Arctic homeland.
The tale is told through animation
and music alone, with no dialogue...
There's an inevitable comparison to 'The Snowman', whose story and presentation
it so closely resembles, but that's no bad thing and it's still a joy
to watch and
listen to. Indeed, if fills its widescreen ratio beautifully, embracing
in animation since that first film to enhance the whole experience...
Trivia Hounds may note that Tilly and her parents sit down together
watch 'The Snowman' on television. There are also three fabulous in-jokes
included in the night flight sequence:
1. A mewling baby in its crib has the initials 'JC' sewn on its romper suit.
A sly reference to producer John Coates, methinks.
2. Tilly and The Bear's magical flight takes them past the window of
a frustrated pianist, who looks remarkably similar
to real-life composer
3. Finally, we pass
by the smiling
face of The Man In The Moon, who
looks unquestionably like the one and only Mr
By the way, the soloist on the soundtrack is none other than the
'voice of an angel' Charlotte Church...
See also: The Bear - book
Bear at Toonhound