The Snowman and The Snowdog
The Snowman™ and The Snowdog – Film
30 years after the original film, John Coates felt that the time was right to create a second film and as such, The Snowman and The Snowdog was born.
Keen to keep with the original hand drawn style of The Snowman, Hilary Audus and Joanna Harrison again brought their expertise to the project and along with producers Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding and the team at Lupus Films created the charming sequel that premiered on Channel 4 on the 30th anniversary of the original film in 2012.
Alongside The Snowman came a brand new character in the form of The Snowdog, whose mismatched socks for ears and a satsuma for a nose captured the hearts of the nation and saw a staggering 20% of the UK population watch The Snowman and The Snowdog over the Christmas period.
As with the first film music played an important part and a new score was written. This time with Ilan Eshkeri at the helm. An Ivor Novello nominated British composer whose work includes film scores such as Stardust, The Young Victoria and Layer Cake. Eshkeri, along with Andy Burrows; former drummer with Razorlight and We Are Scientists, went on to create a fresh and contemporary score that includes Burrow’s title track Light The Night.
The sequel is dedicated to the late John Coates, who produced the original The Snowman film and was instrumental in getting The Snowman and The Snowdog into production.
The Snowman™ and The Snowdog – Music
The soundtrack to The Snowman™ and The Snowdog film was penned and recorded by award-winning British composer Ilan Eshkeri and the singer/songwriter Andy Burrows.
The score for The Snowman and The Snowdog was recorded at Abbey Road Studios by the London Metropolitan Orchestra. The 60 piece ensemble was joined by a choir of Andy and Ilan’s friends and musical collaborators, including Emmy The Great, Edith Bowman, All Angels, Celia Graham (Phantom of the Opera) and others. The score also featured violin from Haylie Ecker (former Bond member), guitar from Tim Wheeler (Ash), piano from Tom Odell (hotly-tipped solo artist), bass from Aristazabal Hawkes (Guilllemots) and drums from Dom Howard (Muse).
The film’s official single ‘Light The Night’ written by Andy and Ilan and performed by Andy features in the iconic flying sequence of The Snowman and The Snowdog, just as ‘Walking in the Air’ featured in the flying sequence of The Snowman in 1982.