Written by the band’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor and a b-side for the single “A Winter’s Tale,” “Thank God It’s Christmas” now has a new touching animated video courtesy of director/animator Justin Moon. The song appeared as a b-side from the single “A Winter’s Tale” on Queen’s final album with late singer Freddy Mercury, 1995’s Made in Heaven.
The clip focuses on a nighttime street scene as glittery snow falls across the silent landscape and Mercury sings about the “long hard year” while giving thanks for Christmas. As the camera pans up it peeks into different apartments to reveal how each family is celebrating the season, ending with a group on the roof watching the Northern Lights streak across the sky.
“The video goes a little further by including a subtle reminder that we as humans now need to feel a responsibility for the welfare of ALL creatures on Earth — not just for our own benefit, and that of our grandchildren, but out of respect for the rights of the animals themselves,” May said in a statement about the song that spent six weeks on the UK charts upon its initial release in late 1984/early 1985.
May and Taylor came up with the idea for the video, with Taylor adding, “Ironically, Christmas tends to be such a stressful time for so many of us. So many emotions, joyful memories of past Christmas’ as delighted children and responsible adults / parents. It’s just a great relief when it finally happens.”
Watch two versions of the video below.