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This is bad. I mean, it's just BAD. There is no reason at all to watch
The animation is poor and the characters look like cheap, Charlie Brown knockoffs. Specifically, the nerdy science kid looks like Marcie's illegitimate little brother with a bad wig. The writers, desperately trying to channel the spirit of Willy Wonka, tried to make a script that appealed to kids on one level, and adults on another, and failed, miserably, at both.
The music (by Mark Mothersbaugh, late of DEVO) was tuneless and boring and completely unmemorable - which, considering it came from someone who had given us inspired music like "That's Pep", "Peek-a-Boo" and the cover of "Satisfaction", you expected far better.
Shall I go on? In an attempt to relate to kids from broken homes, they have Holly's mother, Lil, with a father who is unaccounted for. My best guess is that he was at Moe's Place with Homer Simpson because he was too embarrassed to be associated with this.
As I watched this with my daughter (who, wisely, was more concerned with playing with junk mail and my dog's chew toy) I cringed at the songs, winced at the "jokes", shook my head at the awful animation. Then came four words that explained everything: "Executive Producer - Lorne Michaels".
And suddenly, it all made sense.
The shame of this is that I like John Goodman, I like Jan Hooks and I even like Jonathan Winters. I sense they were trying their best to make chicken salad out of this. But their talents, were completely wasted here.
It is incredible to me that CBS insists on showing this garbage, every year, back-to-back with the original Frosty - a sublime classic. I get that CBS owns it, and consequently can make more cheddar by cramming this down our throats annually; but, then again, I own a pair of orange plaid bell bottoms and a 45 of Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing" and I'm not going to break them out for public consumption any time soon.
I spent 30 minutes watching this, and I'm never going to get those 30 minutes back. Watching replays of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, would have been more rewarding.
Avoid, avoid, AVOID!!!
This is a story about some greedy bad guys who seek to exploit Frosty and
ruin his good name with a terrible product and shoddy politics. The worst
part is that they succeeded by releasing "Frosty Returns."
An incomplete list of the problems with one reads like: - The "jokes" are weak and just not funny - The songs are dreadfully flat - The animation is cheaply done and poorly drawn - It doesn't even look like Frosty - The bad guy is a corparate type who doesn't care if his product is bad for the environment - c'mon guys, this is a children's special. - Frosty is now fashion-conscious. - There's no Christmas and no Santa.
All this in sequel to an all-time classic. It's sickening.
I saw this Christmas Special for the first time this past Christmas and that was one time too many. This was by far the worst Christmas special I have ever seen. It was played right after the classic original "Frosty the Snowman" making viewers think it has something to do with it. One of the reasons it is so bad is the fact that it has nothing to do with Christmas whatsoever. The story revolves around a winter festival or something similar and some villain who wants to take winter away. The animation is awful as well, no where near the quality of the original or even the good sequel "Frosty's Winter Wonderland." The fact that they stuck this on as a bonus feature for the DVD of the original turned me away. I really can't describe how bad it really is. I'd say "see if for yourself" but no one should have to endure this farce. It is a complete blasphemy to anything relating to Christmas, Frosty, or winter. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!
I usually don't comment on material like this, but come ON. This has to
be the worst holiday special ever, and I've seen "A Louie Anderson
Christmas" which at least had a couple of subtle laughs in it. This one
has nothing to offer except a twisted study of, yes, Liberal Hollywood
pet issues on display masquerading as entertainment. And no, I don't
listen to Rush Limbaugh, reached these conclusions on my own, and am
appalled by how utterly vapid this is as a family entertainment. Pardon
me if I take it seriously, but kids aren't stupid and deserve better
First off, Christmas is gone, which is odd considering that Frosty is supposed to be a children's Christmas character. They even took his pipe away since we all know that smoking snowmen will be a bad influence on kids. Instead of a holiday, the focus of the retards in this special's town is a non-denominational "Winter Carnival" that is featured so prominently in the dialog that you get the feeling at the screenplay stage somebody literally crossed out the word "Christmas" whenever it was used and wrote "Winter Carnival" over it instead in an effort to make the cartoon more audience-inclusive for those who don't celebrate Christmas. Gee. Also, the whole "miracle" of Frosty's creation is utterly ignored (which makes sense, since we're working any kind of spiritual angle out of this to make way for more consumerism), making the choice of Frosty as the focal character arbitrary & meaningless. Why didn't they just create their own non-denominational Winter Carnival character? The answer is to cash in on the public's fondness for the popular Rankin/Bass cartoons that came before. It's just crass commercialism.
Next, the bad guy in the plot is a mean wicked Capitalist who drives around in a stretch limousine polluting the environment with aerosol spray can chemicals that eliminate snow, with his flunky brainwashed nature backstabbing rabbit doing the dirty work. It's not magic spray or anything either, just chemistry, and the mean rich Capitalist threatens to disrupt the non-denominational Winter Carnival by making the snow disappear without even asking for anyone's permission first. He just goes ahead and does it to impose his own will upon nature, just like certain pinheads would have you believe that the world's industry does in a deliberate effort to ruin the planet. Even more telling is that the meanie Capitalist isn't even allowed to learn or grow or be changed by the events, he's simply a two dimensional bastard for everyone to hate and go right on hating even after the show is over.
Which brings us to the issue of environmentalism, clumsily imposed on the story in the cartoon's big moment of revelation where the mean Capitalist is exposed as the threat to everyone's communal happiness as he is lectured to by an 8 year old girl about how snow is as important as sunlight and rain and, yes, clean air for everyone to breathe. This isn't holiday entertainment, it's a subtle form of indoctrination aimed at school kids. And I'd like to invite whomever came up with the idea about grumpy fun-wrecking adults not enjoying shoveling to come to Syracuse and deal with my sidewalk after a healthy dose of lake effect snow. Just once.
That leaves us with the songs, which are execrable. Why didn't they bother to get Joan Baez or someone with some actual talent to work these political messages into some songs worth listening to? The answer is because it didn't matter, and that the whole special is a contrivance. I'm one of those people who think that entertainment for children should be even more meaningful and worthwhile than entertainment for adults and something about this special doesn't pass the smell test. It comes across as a filmed deal with a bunch of celebrities providing the voices because their agents thought it would be a good career move to be involved with a non- denominational seasonal family special that has an environmental message to it.
2/10: Skip it.
I do not understand the decisions that television networks make about
their programming. It makes perfect sense to have a Frosty sequel, but
to make one with absolutely nothing resembling the original is mind
I challenge anyone to show me a "holiday" special with a more insipid plot or music. The song "Let there be snow" or whatever it is called might be the single worse song I have ever heard. It has terrible lyrics and it sounds like it was created fifteen minutes before airing. God I could go on and on. Please show me there is a Santa Claus and have every single copy of this show BURNED.
This supposed sequel to the beloved original 1969 Rankin/Bass special just plain stinks! Frosty doesn't look anything like Frosty, nor does he sound or act like him. And heaven forbid if they should dare to utter the word "Christmas" or even mention "Santa Claus". They should have just given this special an entirely new name. I had just finished watching the DVD of the original Frosty with my nephew. He laughed and cried as we all did when we watched that special as kids and since he was so engrossed in it, I figured "What the heck - let me watch that other special they tacked on the DVD". What a mistake!! The first thing my nephew said was "This looks like Charlie Brown" and he was right - it was produced by the makers of the Peanuts specials. Gone is the lovable, dim-witted, huggable Frosty we remember. He has been replaced by the father from "Roseanne" - in both voice and action. He makes sarcastic wisecracks, dances and doesn't even need his hat to come to life!! Needless to say, my nephew was in the other room playing with the cat before this special was halfway through! It makes me sick that they have the nerve to stick this on the DVD with that classic, I guess its the only way they can schlep this garbage on us. I'm sure most everyone would have preferred them adding an unreleased Rankin/Bass flick instead.
Why do they keep showing this crap every year? It tarnishes the
original. CBS: Please spare us! There are much better holiday specials
than this that hardly get aired. CBS used to show "'Twas The Night
Before Christmas" about the mouse who wrote a letter to the paper
saying that Santa Claus was a "fraud." The mouse family lives in the
home of a clockmaker. This is 100 times better than "Frosty Returns"
but somehow it got relegated to an obscure cable network.
It is clear from the IMDb ratings that many people agree that "Frosty Returns" is awful. CBS: Do us all a favor and let THIS Frosty melt away!
Painful to watch. The original was a fun show for kids and adults,
Frosty Returns, however is absolutely painful to watch due to the
messaging embedded in it.
While I can appreciate using cartoons as a vehicle to inform youths, doing it in a Christmas show just creates confusion and is out of place.
This show does not have the same level of interest, movement of plot and sadly, even animation fun as the original, even though it was created decades later.
Save your children the disappointment, don't let them watch this trash.
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Seriously, who thought up this turd? I can not stand this Christmas
special, Johnaton Winters? Who the hell is that? John Goodman? Okay,
he's a little good in it, but when he starts singing, god, I love the
mute button then.
What I really hate is that HE CAN TAKE THE HAT OFF! This is Frosty for god sakes! He needs the hat to live! Live I tell you! What makes him immune to that in this "movie"? Bad script writers I say.
The movie revolves around this creepy old man creating snow removal in a can. Frosty gets scarred, and he and Holly set off on an "adventure" to save the Winter Festival.
Okay, wait just a sec, this movie is supposed to be a Christmas movie, but, they NEVER MENTION Christmas AT ALL! Its movies like this that ruin Christmas for the rest of us. I really hope that the creators of this got coal in their stocking that year. Hopefully for the rest of their lives.
The ending of this pile? Frosty saves the day, get this, BY SINGING! God, I'm just glad that it's over.
One out of ten. Just plain bad.
It's funny. Usually if we love a Christmas special as children, we'll
be loyal to it forever. But I suppose there's exceptions to every rule
and for me, Frosty Returns is that exception. I loved it to death when
I was little-Miss Carbuncle cracked me up ("Where there's snow there's
slush, and where there's slush there's ice, and where there's ice
there's broken hips, and where there's broken hips there's substitute
teachers!!"). She still does, as a matter of fact, but the rest of the
show is just bad.
Frosty Returns is about-you guessed it-Frosty the Snowman returning. He acts nothing like he did in the original, spouting out things that seem to be jokes and dancing at completely random times. Strangely, it seems he can survive without his hat now. In the town of Beansboro he meets up with Holly DeCarlo. Holly wants to be a magician and she isn't really unlikeable, but her only friend is a token nerd named Charles. About five seconds after she and Frosty meet up, they find out a product called Summer Wheeze is being used by everyone in town. Basically, it's an aerosol spray that melts snow in seconds and creates instant spring. From then on Holly and Charles try to both save Frosty and stop Summer Wheeze.
You won't find any mention of Christmas here. Winter is the thing being saved. The word that annoys me is SAVED. The way Holly and Frosty talk about Summer Wheeze, you'd think it was bottled AIDs designed to wipe out dangerous minorities. And it's maker, Mr. Twichell, is the made out to be the epitome of evil-from the horrible way he's drawn to his cat. He keeps babbling on about how he wants a crown, because everyone loves Summer Wheeze. Forget the millions he's sure to make-give the man a crown.
I've always tried to be Earth friendly and I'm sure Summer Wheeze is a very bad thing. But I admit if a product like it existed, I'd buy thirty cans. The area I live in gets around 144 inches of snow a year, and it lasts into late March. It's like clockwork-I love December, tolerate January, get annoyed in Feburary, disgusted in March, and by the time Spring comes around like an angel of salvation, I'm ready to put a bullet in my head.
What Frosty Returns does is lecture for thirty minutes about how winter isn't bad-we NEED winter, it's fun, pretty, magical! We won't let old Stinkypants Mr. Twichell take it away! Uh, Holly, Frosty, sweeties...YOU DON'T HAVE TO DRIVE IN THE (expletive) STUFF!!! SHUT UP! AND STOP SINGING! Aside from all that, Frosty Returns still is annoying. The animation looks a lot like Charlie Brown except bright and irritating. Even Holly and Charles show shades of Peppermint Pattie and Marcie in that a) Holly treats Charles like dirt, b) Charles looks exactly like Marcie with brown hair and empty, white eyes, and c) There's a very good chance the two are going to grow up and get married.
Now that's something to think about while you're watching.
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