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1 July 1979 (USA) See more »
Long ago the Lady Borealis placed the evil Winterbolt under a magic spell, and put the last of her magic into the nose of a newborn reindeer: Rudolph... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Overlong, but very enjoyable and re-watchable See more (12 total) »


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Red Buttons ... Milton (voice)

Ethel Merman ... Lilly Loraine (voice)

Mickey Rooney ... Santa Claus (voice)

Alan Sues ... Scratcher the jealous reindeer (voice)
Jackie Vernon ... Frosty (voice)

Shelley Winters ... Crystal (voice)
Paul Frees ... Winterbolt / Jack Frost / Policeman (voice)
Billie Mae Richards ... Rudolph (voice)
Harold Peary ... Big Ben (voice) (as Hal Peary)
Shelby Flint ... Laine, Lilly's daughter (voice)
Don Messick ... Sam Spangles (voice)

Darlene Conley ... Mrs. Santa Claus (voice)

Nellie Bellflower ... (voice)
Steffi Calli ... (voice)
Howard Shapiro ... (voice)
Eric Hines ... (voice)
Cynthia Adler ... (voice)
Bob McFadden ... (voice)
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Directed by
Jules Bass 
Arthur Rankin Jr. 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Romeo Muller 

Produced by
Jules Bass .... producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. .... producer
Masaki Îzuka .... associate producer
Original Music by
Johnny Marks 
Production Design by
Arthur Rankin Jr. 
Production Management
Iwao Kondo .... production manager
Art Department
Shinichi Noro .... set designer
Sound Department
John Curcio .... sound recordist
Bob Elder .... sound recordist
Dave Neland .... sound recordist
John Richards .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Ichirô Komuro .... character model sculptor
Camera and Electrical Department
Takeo Ando .... camera operator
Mitsuharu Hirata .... lighting technician
Hiroshi Otokozawa .... camera operator
Animation Department
Seiichi Araki .... animator
Paul Coker Jr. .... character designer
Shigeru Ohmachi .... animator
Hiroshi Tabata .... animator
Music Department
Michael Colicchio .... additional music arranger: vocals
Maury Laws .... conductor
Maury Laws .... music arranger
Lois Winter .... vocal supervisor
Other crew
Thomas Bush .... production assistant
Akikazu Kôno .... supervisor: Animagic
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Quebec) | USA:TV-G

Did You Know?

The first time Frosty was seen in stop-motion animation following his hand-drawn stints in Frosty the Snowman (1969) (TV) and Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976) (TV). The Jack Frost character from the latter also appears in this special.See more »
Millie:Why do you want to stop the fireworks, Daddy? Aren't you patriotic?
Frosty:Sure I'm patriotic. My only regret is I only have but one life to melt for my country.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Overlong, but very enjoyable and re-watchable, 10 June 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I adore holiday specials, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, you name it. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman as far as I am concerned are both timeless yuletide classics.

So it was a joy to see both title characters in the same special, which is exactly what we have here with Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July.

For me, the only drawbacks to Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July are the length and some of the plot twists. At just over an hour and a half, the special does feel a little too long, anywhere around an hour to seventy five minutes would have been more sufficient. Also, while the idea of the story is great, started off really well and remained interesting, there are a few too many plot twists that makes the storytelling a tad convoluted.

However, Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July is a very enjoyable and re-watchable special. The animation is unique and holds up very nicely. The characters are all very well modelled and the backgrounds are meticulously detailed.

The special also contains some fun and well-written songs, my favourite being Ethel Merman's nifty little number. The writing is engaging, humorous and easy to remember, and all the characters are fun and add a lot to the movie, Winterbolt especially is a wonderful villain.

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July has a very talented vocal cast, every one of whom gives their all here. Billie Mae Richards and Jackie Vernan do great jobs as the title characters, and Ethel Merman, Shelley Winters, Mickey Rooney and Red Buttons bring a pleasing shine to their characters and material and also to the special in general. The standout is Paul Frees in my opinion, who is just wonderful as Winterbolt.

In conclusion, overlong but never less than enjoyable. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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