The Snowman and the Snowdog Review

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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.

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‘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.

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The Snowman And The Snowdog

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

With Christmas fast approaching we can soon look forward to some comforting animated films which will be screened on our television sets this Christmas holiday.

Now, perhaps a somewhat controversial new film, ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’, is set to be screened on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve at 8pm.

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But, can the filmmakers really match the utter brilliance of The Snowman?

The Snowman seemed to catch something in the imagination, it, in essence, embodied the spirit of Christmas. Through music, animation and a writer who had the talent of capturing the magic of Christmas.

Can this magic be repeated?

As someone who watched the Snowman as a nipper, and still, to this day, appreciate the original film. I can’t help feeling a little wary at this sequel.

Sequels, in themselves, are almost always never as good as the original film (with the exception of ‘Toy Story 2’)

What do you think? Is the Snowman and the Snowdog a good idea? Or will the film just crumble in comparison to the majesty of the first film?

‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ airs on Channel 4, 8pm, on Christmas Eve

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