John Coates: The Man Who Built the Snowman:

John Coates: The Man Who Built the Snowman:

John Coates: The Man Who Built the Snowman:

John Coates: The Man Who Built the Snowman:

Synopsis

John Coates is best known as the producer of The Snowman, When the Wind Blows, Wind in the Willows, Willows in Winter, and Famous Fred, and as the man behind the Beatles film Yellow Submarine. This intimate biography takes the reader on a journey through Coates's early life, his years as an army officer in the 11th Hussars in World War II, and his postwar life as a distributor for Rank films throughout Asia, before returning to England and eventually taking over TV Cartoons. With a foreword by Raymond Briggs and an epilogue by Coates himself, this abundantly illustrated work also includes a DVD of selections from Coates's work.

Excerpt

John and I have been friends ever since we met on a flight to Berlin for an industry event called Cartoon Movie over ten years ago. There’s an intimacy to this book because it has developed over many years and over many interviews. It is a lot to trust someone to write your biography, your life story, and I thank John for trusting me enough to write his. We are from very different backgrounds; John is the upper-class nephew of J Arthur Rank and I’m a butcher’s daughter from the Midlands, and, for me, understanding each other’s lives has been a valuable part of the odyssey of writing this book.

John is a rare breed amongst animation producers these days, indeed amongst business people these days, with values that in some respects belong to a bygone age. in a communication-crazy world, he has a mobile phone but never uses it, doesn’t know how to use a computer and only really conducts business over lunch.

Yet he gets his films made and not just any old films, but quality productions that stand the test of time, has won a plethora of awards, and values traditional ways of working, honesty, decency, fairness, that can seem outmoded in contemporary corporate life. He is indeed a very special man; The Man Who Built the Snowman, no less!

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