I can remember watching The Snowman when I was a young girl. Immediately, I was caught by the magic and innocence of the animation - it was sweet, funny, charming but with an obvious sad ending. As another reviewer states, I think it made it easy for youngsters to grasp that nothing lasts forever but this shouldn't take away any of the fun or enjoyment that you feel within a moment. So, it was with excitement that I eagerly awaited the sequel for Christmas 2012, THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG. Luckily, it lived up to the high expectations from all those years ago.
The snowdog is the new addition to the story, to make it new and fresh. A young boy discovers, under the floorboards in his bedroom, an old shoebox. Inside the box lies a photograph of a snowman and another young boy. There are also the bits of coal, the hat and the scarf that the boy used for the original snowman. Here, the difference is that this young boy decides to make a small snowdog, as companion for his own snow creation. This helps to make this offering different enough for it to be enjoyed in its own right, whilst also keeping some of the magic from the original animation. The echo of the prequel means that although the snow creations inevitably will melt away, there is the promise that the magic which is able to momentarily bring them to life remains, even after the snow melts away completely.
Personally, for me, THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG was the highlight of Christmas 2012. The simple animation, resembling line drawings, is a nice change from all of the CGI and other computer techniques used in modern animations. For me, it recaptured the early excitement and joy that I felt as a young girl, leading up to Christmas Eve night, hoping that some magic could find its way into her life.
Highly recommended viewing for now and future Christmases.
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