Review: The Snowman and The Snowdog DVD
We were asked to review The Snowman and The Snowdog DVD, which has been released this month. It’s the sequel to Raymond Briggs’ classic animated tale about a snowman that comes magically to life after the chimes of midnight. Created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original short film, the story follows a young boy named Billy who, after moving into the house where the Snowman first appeared, and with the snow beginning to fall, discovers a box containing a scarf, a hat, coal lumps and a dried satsuma….
I watched it with Plum (not quite 3) and Bean (not quite 8) and they were both mesmerised for the whole 25 minutes or so that the animation lasts. There are no words and yet Plum was able to follow the story and even provide a running commentary which covered not just what was happening but the characters’ emotions too. Her favourite part was when the boy met Santa (having written her Christmas list the day before, she was excited about Santa, so seeing him in this really made her day!) and the music which played when they were in Snowman Land really engaged her and she insisted that we clap along.
Bean was really engaged in the detail, of which there is lots. He took note of why the boy used gloves on the side of the Snowdog. I was impressed that he picked up on why the boy was surprised about the Snowman coming alive: “He doesn’t know the magic of the house”.
We really enjoyed watching it, and it is a film I know we will watch again and again. I suspect that the children will pick up more and more each time they watch.
Bean announced he would give it 5 stars out of 5, and I would thoroughly recommend it as ideal Winter family viewing.
disclaimer: for the purpose of this review, we were given free access to an online version of the animation.