The Snowman™ tells the story of a magical friendship between a little boy and the snowman he makes in his garden. Based on Raymond Briggs’s best-selling children’s book published by Puffin in 1982, it has been a firm favourite with parents and children worldwide for 30 years.
In 1982, The Snowman was adapted for television and has gone on to become a national institution for children, broadcasting on Channel 4 every Christmas since it was first made and in numerous countries around the world.
Last year Raymond Briggs gave his blessing to the creation of a sequel and The Snowman and The Snowdog was made by the same team at Lupus Films who created the original 30 years earlier. Using the same traditional hand-drawn techniques, The Snowman and The Snowdog is a tribute to The Snowman but moves the story on, reuniting viewers with the world’s favourite Christmas character, this time in a brand new adventure with a new set of friends.
A total number of 76 illustrators and artists all worked by hand to draw and colour over 17,000 frames which made up the film. Between them they got through approximately 200,000 sheets of paper and 5,000 pencils! The film took a total of 12 months to make before being broadcast by Channel 4 on Christmas Eve, 2012.
This year, for the very first time, the adorable animation is transported from screen back to print, with a stunning new The Snowman and the Snowdog book from Puffin.