This is my favourite Christmas film - I love Raymond Brigg's illustrations and the book translates into animation so well. Everything is all sketchy and coloured by hand - you can really see the texture of the crayons and pencils. It's a simple story - all comforting and sad at once. I love the cosy, homely details like the socks hanging up to dry, the Mum in the doorway and the chest freezer in the garage. My favourite part is the bit when they're driving through the woods on a motorbike, scattering wildlife.
Keep your eye out for the new sequel which is airing on Channel 4 at 8.00pm Christmas Eve! Of the new film, Raymond Briggs has said "I'm not grumpy about it [the sequel], or the introduction of a new character. It is absolutely super, not sentimental at all. The Snowman's success is about a simple thought. We all have favourite people we become fond of and then they pass away, it touches a chord, of loss – even for young people, someone dies." - you can read more on the Guardian website here.