Another anon just inadvertently made me realize that Presence is the Japanese equivalent of The Snowman.
Yeah, they're both stories where the protagonist creates a common imitation of humanity (a snowman or a doll) which then comes to life and later dies but they're still pretty different.
In the Snowman, the boy and the Snowman have fun and the Snowman ends up dying of "natural" causes, melting in the sun the next day.
In Presence iirc the man attacks and tries to kill the doll out of shame, fear or revulsion. Much darker story. I'd compare it to Mary Shelly's Frankenstein if there was a romantic undercurrent between Frankenstein and the monster which pursues him. Or a twisted Pygmalion/Galatea? There's probably a better comparison, man creating life in his own image is a very old and popular story archetype.
The Snowman is an expanded version of Frosty the Snowman.
People who haven't watched Robot Carnival shouldn't be on this board.
There's more to an animated short than a story, and the similarities extend beyond that.
So it's closer to The Snowman than to those stories you're mentioning. It really isn't about speculations on artificial life.
Yeah but I also mean in terms of aesthetics, format, themes and emotional impact.
Also that scene
The doll is the loveliest anime girl I've ever seen.
And like all 80s anime girls she has an adorable chibi version.