Steve Daly
December 18, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Both programs in this double bill were adapted for British TV from charming Raymond Briggs picture books, but one is as appealing as a lump of coal. The Snowman gently relates, via expert pantomime and orchestral score, a young lad’s overnight adventure with his brought-to-life pal. On DVD, the colored-pencil-style drawings lose not a hair of their shaggy charm. Then there’s the Benny Hill-ish Father Christmas, in which Santa takes a nerve-jangling vacation that finds him in France without a loo and in Vegas among showgirls. Ice that and put Snowman on repeat play. C

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