Jim Frommeyer and Teague Chrystie have recreated a scene dear to the hearts of many fans of the classic "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip, sharing his tribute to Waterson on YouTube. His "A Very Calvin & Hobbes Christmas" is a pitch-perfect replica of these scenes featuring snowmen, which serve as prime examples of the cartoon's darker side.
Frommeyer posted a bit about the production process on the Down In Front Community Forum:
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.
Points to anyone who goes out and builds this after the next blizzard.