When Winter Comes

Animated film • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Geoff Dunbar
Timeline This film has been released in 2020
Release date:
Dec 22, 2020

Master release

Related song

When Winter Comes

Officially appears on McCartney III

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Winter Bird / When Winter Comes (Lyric video)

2020 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Lucy Dyson

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When Winter Comes” is a short animated film created by Geoff Dunbar and his team, to illustrate the eponym 1992 song from Paul McCartney. The song, unearthed during the making of the “Flaming Pie – Archive Collection” project (released in 2020), was finally included on the “McCartney III” album in December 2020. The film was released on December 22, 2020 on streaming platforms.

At our office party last year I was chatting to my friend Geoff Dunbar, who I had made animated shorts with previously. I asked if he would want to make another film about using the song ‘When Winter Comes’. He agreed to do it and assembled a team of animators, who all happened to be women. I pointed this out to him and he said he wanted an all-girl band! The look of the video was very loosely based on some of Humphrey Ocean’s drawings of birds.

Paul McCartney – from Reddit conversation, December 23, 2020

‘Winter Bird’ was the reason I went in the studio first of all to do a little bit for the opening titles of a short film and then I was doing the end titles, the credits, another little instrumental for that. I liked what I did so much that once I’d finished the film bit, which was less than a minute in length, I then thought ‘OK let’s keep going’ and I started jamming on the same ideas but I lengthened it and then I started putting it on a guitar and drums and bass.

I just extended the idea because it opens with the original little thing that was for the film, we called that ‘Winter Bird’ and then the film that it was for was for a short animation film about the song ‘When Winter Comes’ so this is all full circle, so I’d come from the beginning of the album to the end and then we had the song that had started the whole thing so that’s ‘When Winter Comes’.

Paul McCartney, from NME, December 23, 2020

From paulmccartney.com, December 22, 2020:

The animated short film for ‘When Winter Comes’ is where McCartney III began. Paul explained during last night’s #TimsTwitterListeningParty:

The great thing for me about this album is that I didn’t know I was actually making an album and it all started with this track really. The music I was working on was for a short animation film about the song ‘When Winter Comes’. I made a record called ‘Calico Skies’ a while ago that George Martin recorded, and at the same time because I was in the studio, I just thought oh wait a minute there’s this other song I’ve just written, so I did ‘When Winter Comes’! This song is kind of an idealistic thing, a hippy existence on a farm, planting trees, mending fences and living the good life which is something I like. I love nature and I love that idea of getting down and getting your hands dirty.

The film adopts a painterly style glimpsing a family readying their farm for winter and highlights the themes of nature, family and home in the song. To create the short animated film, Paul enlisted the help of Rupert and the Frog Song director Geoff Dunbar for a unique hybrid of hand and digitally drawn animation.

From Paul McCartney’s Facebook page – When #WinterSolstice comes… ❄️
‘When Winter Comes’. The new animated short film.
Out 22 December 6am PT / 9am ET / 2pm GMT

The soundtrack for the film “When Winter Comes” contains the medley that ends the “McCartney III” album – “Winter Bird / When Winter Comes“. It also contains another track, used for the credits, and called “Winter Sun“; this piece of incidental music doesn’t appear on “McCartney III“.


Last updated on March 2, 2021


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Wendy Stone 4 years ago

I really enjoyed the video and wondered when the final content was decided upon and when the video was completed.

The PaulMcCartney Project 4 years ago

Hi Wendy, unfortunately, I haven't been able to find more details than they are on this page... so far :)

Wendy Stone 4 years ago

Thank you for replying.

szut29 2 years ago

Ou écouter la version enregistrée en 1992 ?

The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Malheureusement, je ne pense pas qu'elle soit disponible.

szut29 2 years ago

même pas dans les bootlegs sessions et autres ? bootlegzone aurait peut-être pu nous aider...

The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Pas à ma connaissance - mais si ça existe, j'aimerais bien écouter ! Merci

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