Very little is known about Snowball, except that he appears to be a breed of draft horse, built as muscular, and hulking. He is loyal to Frollo, however, and can not be considered truly evil as he does not have a human-based personality like other animals in Disney films are sometimes seen to have, although he does always appear to have an angry snarl on his face, hinting that he does have some sort of dark personality. Frollo is also shown to be fairly fond of him, one of the few instances of genuine kindness displayed by him, as he ordered his men when pursuing a then-defecting Phoebus to not harm the horse.
In the audio commentary of the DVD, film directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale and film producer Don Hahn revealed his name to be Snowball.
Role in the film
Snowball appears only a handful of times in the film. During the opening scene, he's with Frollo chasing after the gypsy woman who is holding baby Quasimodo. In one scene, he gives a harsh glare to Phoebus' horse, Achilles. When Phoebus rebels against Frollo at the windmill, Esmeralda throws a stone at Snowball's butt thrusting Frollo off, then Phoebus steals Snowball in order to escape. His final fate is unknown.
- His name is slightly ironic, as he is a black sable horse, whereas snowballs are usually white.
- He is a Friesian horse.
- In Beauty and the Beast, Gaston rallies the mob while riding a horse which bears a striking resemblance to him.
- His name is ironic considering his fur color is black.