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I watched this Christmas special in full for the first time today and
while it's not the best one I have seen, it was a worthy treat with
catchy music, the best parts being 'Frosty the Snowman' that is played
in different parts throughout the special. The instrumental pieces are
nostalgic with a hint of festive charm.
The animation is generally smooth if choppy and stiff in places (which is typical for certain types of non-Disney animation made in the 1960s) and the lip-sync seems to be off sometimes but the character designs are cute if some of them are odd-looking and the colours are vibrant. The story had its fair share of funny and touching moments, the former including Professor Hinkle's magic tricks at school going wrong and one of the boys suggesting Frosty be called Oatmeal and the latter including Karen crying over Frosty having melted inside the nursery but he is shortly brought back to life by a cold breeze from outside. In addition to the funny and touching moments, the story has some clever writing such as Professor Hinkle's magic hat becoming Frosty's hat and a valuable message about how humans and snowmen cope with different temperatures (Karen feeling very cold on the frozen train carriage while Frosty feels tip-top inside it for instance). One part of the script I felt didn't make sense was Frosty saying, "Happy birthday!" whenever he came to life unless he was wishing himself a happy birthday.
To conclude this isn't my absolute favourite animated Christmas special but it's a delightful watch nonetheless. 8/10.
The story is simple. Some kids create a snowman. A snowman needs a top hat, of course. So they find one and put it on his head, naming him Frosty. Turns out the hat belongs to a particularly nasty magician named Professor Hinkle, who wants his hat back. So the kids must get Frosty to the North Pole before he melts and must contend with Professor Hinkle along the way. Another great Christmas story that kids have grown up with for decades. Sweet, loving story as all Christmas tales should be. Great narration and singing by Jimmy Durante, with that distinctive voice of his. A timeless classic for children of all ages.
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I think this short film works best, when watched maybe in early
December or late November, not necessarily right before Christmas.
Sure, it has Santa in it, but the main character is frosty and it makes
you look forward to when there's actually snow outside, so you can
build your own Frosty the Snowman. The antagonist is perfect for a kids
movie like this one. he's not really evil, more clumsy than anything,
so it's a good watch also for smaller children even if they still
believe in the existence of Santa (oh I'm sorry, biggest spoiler
ever!). They'll also love the furry white rabbit. The adults will enjoy
the voice-work from Jimmy Durante, the man who gave us a wonderful
version of the old classic song I'll Be Seeing You.
The plot is about a little girl trying to get a snowman magically put to life to the North Pole, so he won't melt once temperature rises. It's a journey with many obstacles, but thanks for the help of a fat bearded man in red dress, they finally succeed. The animation is neither particularly great, nor bad for 1969, it's kinda appropriate, as everything else in this harmless little fun movie.
As one of Jimmy Durante's last films, it's good to see some cheeriness.
How often does one see a famous musical or even regular actor appearing
in cartoons nowadays? Most of the time would be in parodies to make fun
of them or someone else. But not in this fashion. So for this reason
it's fun to watch because a show like this would not air on live
This 22-minute clip tells us the brief story of how Frosty came to life and the friends he made along the way. Of course, since this is a Christmas special, Santa Claus will appear, no doubt about that. It's even funnier when you see various other individuals who cannot believe a snowman is walking down the street. Some of their reactions are too hilarious,...especially the traffic cop.
The dialog is good and so is the animation for its time. It could have been worse. However, some scenes are a little too cheesy. I understand that it's a cartoon but for this particular one, you'd think some of the characters would be a little smarter. Oh well, can't have everything.
This film is one of the TV specials that have withstood the test of time and are still going. If there's by any chance you can get your hands on it, take advantage of that chance.
I'm an adult and I still like to watch this special every Christmas. I can't think of a better way they could have turned a song into a special and it sure is a good way to spend your time watching over the Christmas holiday. I don't know anyway who wouldn't like this and would recommend this to anyone and everyone. A girl and her snowman come to life make such a great story. While normally a subject such as that would be corny, the people who made this could not have done a better job. A true classic that I wish there were more of nowadays. You surely don't see this type of animation style anymore and that's a shame. I would suggest you make this a habit to watch every time it's Christmas.
At only 22 minutes long, watching Frosty the Snowman isn't much of a
commitment. These 22 minutes fly right by as we're introduced to the
characters such as Professor Hinkle, Hocus Pocus and of course, Frosty
The animation is still sharp. You could imagine Cartoon Network releasing something like this today. The real bright spot in this movie is the music. A lot of the songs, especially the title song, are performed well and very catchy.
This special has a lot of heart. I always look for that in programming for children. The kind that enforces friendship and good morals.
I hadn't watched Frosty the Snowman for years and was surprised at how vividly I remembered the characters and the plot. It was a joy.
That goes for first-time viewers and those rediscovering this classic as well.
Basically an extended version of the song, Frosty the Snowman probably holds more cheer for American audiences. In England we have The Snowman, a much subtler and sadder story, but very similar. Here we have some kids looking to have fun with Frosty while a magician tries to reclaim his magic hat. I couldn't completely enjoy this as, to me, it was rightfully the magician's hat in the first place. The song is always great, and I liked most of the voice work. At under half an hour, it's a great, quick dose of Christmas. The animation has its 60's charm and you can tell a lot of hard work must have gone into it. The vocal work is good too, but I found myself waiting for those recognizable chords.
This is one of those cartoons that I used to watch every year as a child during X-mas time. It was a staple, just like the Charlie Brown X-mas special and Rudolph. The animation is on par with Charlie, not as good as Rudolph and the story is not as good as Rudolph either. There really is not all that much to it. Basically, they stick with the song and do not add a whole lot like Rudolph did, of course they do not have Santa in this one acting a bit gruff. This one has a horrible magician trying to perform for the kiddies and doing a bad job. He tosses his hat and the kids use it to put on the head of their snowman who comes to life saying 'happy birthday' every time he comes to life again. I do not know why he does this, as usually one does not wish themselves a happy birthday, but whatever, it is just a kid's movie. Well Frosty has to get to the North Pole otherwise he is going to melt so he and a girl make their way to said region while the magician follows wanting his hat back because it does obviously contain some magic within it. That is about the gist of it, not many characters, not really all that much depth and it is best not to delve into the guy who did Frosty's voice career to much or one is going to be shocked to find a movie that one would most certainly not associate with X-mas and family fare. Okay for what it was, but not as good as other specials of the day.
All of us can relate to building a snowman or playing in the snow
growing up, as it just gets us more into the holiday spirit and brings
that cold traditional Christmas cheer. And this classic watched many
times "Frosty the Snowman" is a holiday tradition. The song "Frosty the
Snowman" stands out in memory to all.
Anyway the tale involves around a town of kids who notice Frosty and he's a little different with his hat, pipe, and buttons of coal as a belly button he even talks it's like magic. Yet the pain is felt when Frosty melts yet this is a classic magical fairy tale as thru the magic of Christmas Frosty returns to life! Overall good holiday tale even if it's fairy tale and dominated by magic.
Apparently this is a big classic in the US, frankly I think I'll stick
with the Raymond Briggs 'snowman' classic. There's nothing really
magical or all that memorable about Frosty the Snowman, it just feels
like a generic cartoon with Pink Panther-style animation.
A classroom of kids is not entertained by a lame magician but his hat somehow makes a Snowman in the schoolyard come to life. Frosty, now alive and curious about the world, treks to the North Pole with one of the kids but doesn't quite make it until Santa comes to the rescue.
If this teaches kids about death then I guess the allegory gives it some weight, but once again the Raymond Briggs Snowman (a completely separate but similar cartoon) does it better.
Not smitten. Sorry kiddies, but there are better Xmas specials than this.
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