2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 27,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

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Light The Night


Words by Naomi Jeffreys

2012 is nearing its end and New Years Eve is on its way – it is around this time in which we human beings take time to reflect on the year which we have had.

So, what has this Blog achieved? One hell of a lot, we are really keen to get as many exclusive interviews with those who are in the business. This year, your Editor has been fortunate enough to interview, Lucy Rose, Hattie Morahan, Tom Bacon, Ben Rider, Brian Neufang, to just name a few.

We have surpassed our own expectations, we have a dedicated team of writers who are keen to inform you, the reader, about the latest films and those films which you have forgotten. But, which are still integral to Film itself.

We have had a record number of hits, since our inception one year ago. And, that’s thanks to you. The Reader who keeps on returning to our humble student newspaper wordpress blog. We strive to update daily, with interesting articles, and to get across to you, our sincere respect and love for the medium that is Film.

2012 has seen London host the Olympics, British Olympians and Paralympians excel at their sport, it has seen Danny Boyle give an Ode to our Isles in the Olympic Opening Ceremony. It has seen Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de France, he has also won the Sports Personality of the Year and has now been offered the possibility of a Knightship.

Yes, it has been one hell of year. Especially for The Rabbit Film Section. We hope to have you return our way in 2013, for all the exclusives, and a glimpse at the world from students who just love Film.

“We go high by the river high above the world, Night lights flicker on the streets below.”

“Just like a dream of a shooting star”

Happy New Year

The Snowman and the Snowdog Review


Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Sometimes we find it hard to separate ourselves from the films we watch a children, perhaps it is because of the memories which they evoke, or the yearning for a simpler time, with no bills to worry about, or indeed the arduous essay deadlines. Maybe this is true to the eagerly anticipated ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’, the sequel to Raymond Briggs’ classic film, ‘The Snowman’.

Briggs himself begrudgingly agreed to a sequel, maybe this was a mistake, sometimes things can’t be repeated and maybe they shouldn’t.


‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ was a harmless film, which followed one boys story in his discovery of the Snowman and in recreating the love lost with his family dog, which died within the first few minutes of the twenty five minute short film. And is recreated in the patchwork ‘Snowdog’.

It is hard not to compare the two films, the animation has stayed true to the original which was, sketchy, hand drawn and rough. But, with a few more advancements, the colour was brighter, the new ‘HD’ has crept its way in to the film. In the inevitable flying sequence, the once innocent operatic singing voice of Peter Auty was replaced by a Coldplay-esque Indie rock band.

Instead of rolling English fields, we saw the Shard towering above London, with glimpses of the OXO tower and of course, The London Eye. London has changed and the Snowman must change with it. The adventures felt rushed and predictable, and the ending even more so.

There was only a glimpse of the magic from the first film, but, maybe the younger audiences who viewed this film on the Eve of Christmas, will have captured something of the magic of Christmas, just like I did, all those years ago.

The Snowman and the Snowdog