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Let's see. If Frosty the Snowman gets together with Rudolph the
Red-Nosed Reindeer we end up with something like "Silent Night, Deadly
Night" minus the murderous Santa. I would agree with the reader who
found the melting episode traumatizing. When I was a kid I did too.
Otherwise I would have recommended this film it to the three-and-under
crowd. The problem we have every year around Christmas is the plethora
of formula films that center on truly juvenile Christmas themes - Santa
Claus, presents and more presents- and the unbelievably sappy films
about characters feeling sorry for themselves or at least causing other
people to feel sorry for themselves. I could actually throw in a third
sub-genre, the saccharine religious movies ("Miracle on 34th Street" or
worse even yet, "Bells of Saint Mary's") where miracles abound wherever
you look. They are enough to set anyone up against films about
organized religion around Christmas time. Cry for the the
sentimentality or cry from sheer boredom.
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.
I remember in Iceland during the late 80´s when I was just 5 or 6 years old that that most of the cartoons had subtitled and were not dubbed at all. Mostly it were the french or European cartoons they dubbed but stayed away from the American ones. This I had on tape few years back but of course silly me taped it over. But I remember it and I really loved it. I hope I can see it again.
I'm sorry but I really have to say that when I was a kid, the sight of Santa coming into the greenhouse to that Jimmy Durante voice saying "but...it was too late" and there's Karen kneeling down weeping over a PUDDLE OF WATER THAT WAS FROSTY!!!! Good God, even now I find it traumatizing and I have no idea why no one else does. I'm exagerrating when I say traumatizing but it really upset me as a kid and I hated it. Otherwise, this is an OK Christmas show. A tad overrated.
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spoilers frosty the snowman is loaded with continuity errors. first of all,frosty has to escape from the rural east coast or he'll melt. fine. but once he gets high up into the snowy mountains of canada, he insists on continuing straight on, despite his human companion dying of hypothermia at his side. regardless of whether frosty's looking for a permanent solution or the ultimate icy fountain of youth, he's got a responsibility to that kid. he can find a temporary home in canada where the temperature won't rise above freezing until at least late february. Until then, him and the kid can chill and do whatever a magic snowman and a kid do for fun. Instead he keeps pushing and pushing towards the north pole and winds up getting trapped inside a greenhouse. I have no pity for him, it's his own fault. There may have been some magic and that old hat, but there sure wasn't a lot of logic. Despite all this, frosty is a classic Christmas tale to watch with an open mind. it's pretty much the best frosty we've got, unless you consider the michael keaton classic Jack Frost, but I'm not touching that one with a ten foot stick.
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