The Snowman and the Snowdog

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

If you don’t end up wishing for snow and snivelling that you want your own Snowdog after this, you’ve got an icicle for a heart. It’s a gloriously old-fashioned animation, inspired by The Snowman (the magical winter tale first shown on Channel 4 30 years ago) and made with creator Raymond Briggs’s blessing.

Again it’s a gentle story of friendship and loss. A young boy – who looks remarkably like James in the original – moves into his new home with his mother and, one winter’s day, discovers the Snowman’s hat and scarf in a box secreted under the floorboards in his bedroom. As the first snowflakes fall, he rushes out into the garden to build the exact same figure – but with a Snowdog at its side. It’s heart-meltingly charming, while its hand-crafted style makes a wonderful antidote to the CGI that children accept as the norm these days.

About this programme

Animated sequel to Raymond Briggs' classic festive tale The Snowman, telling the story of another youngster's magical Christmas. A boy's snowman and snowdog come to life at the stroke of midnight and take him on an adventure to the North Pole, where he and his new companions meet an assortment of colourful characters, including Santa himself, before returning home - where a wonderful surprise awaits.

Cast and crew


Hilary Audus
Camilla Deakin
Ruth Fielding