A Winter Wonderland of Messed-Up Snowmen From 'Calvin and Hobbes'

A brilliant tribute to Bill Watterson's classic comic strip brings Calvin's twisted snow creations to life

A Very Calvin and Hobbes Christmas is a brilliant tribute to Bill Watterson's classic comic strip, building Calvin's twisted snow creations out of sugar, flour, and papier-mâché. Jim Frommeyer and Teague Chrystie evoke Watterson's world perfectly, and share some behind-the-scenes details here. Forget holiday stress for just a minute and feel like a kid again -- watch this in full screen with headphones on!

Frommeyer explains how he made the models:

First thing to know is that every shot is practical. Every snowman was built from scratch. And it was all filmed on my dining table. There was no single method used for anything. Some snowmen were playdough (out of focus snowmen), some were wire frame sculpty models (hero snowmen), paper mache (larger models). We did try to keep clay with clay and mache with mache within shots. Depending on the size of the shot and model, either sugar, flour, or a 1:4 mix of both was used. The smaller stuff used flour. Paint the model with white paint, and roll it in the sugar. Boom. Snowman. The key to this was entirely patience (I haven't done arts and crafts since 2nd grade) and copious amounts of sugar. 

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