Despite apparently having melted away to slush at the end of his first small screen outing in 1982, The Snowman will be back on Channel 4 this Christmas in his first ever sequel: The Snowman and the Snowdog.
Like The Snowman, Snowdog will be dialogue-free and told through pictures and music. Said to be just as charming, humorous and warm as the first film, the sequel will also introduce the Snowman’s canine sidekick, who sports socks for ears and uses a satsuma as his nose.
The film will be overseen by Hilary Audus and Joanna Harrison, who both worked as animators on the 1982 TV movie, and who co-wrote the sequel’s screenplay while working closely with Snowman author Raymond Briggs.
Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt said of the project: “I’m thrilled to announce that The Snowman and The Snowdog, a sequel as delightful and unforgettable as the original, will be the centrepiece of Channel 4’s Christmas programming.”
The Snowman, perhaps best remembered for the song Walking in the Air, has been repeated on Channel 4 every Christmas since it was first broadcast thirty years ago. See the original film's most famous musical sequence below: