A discarded silk top hat becomes the focus of a struggle between a washed-up stage magician and a group of schoolchildren after it magically brings a snowman to life. Realizing that newly-living Frosty will melt in spring unless he takes refuge in a colder climate, Frosty and a young girl who he befriends stow away on a freight train headed for the north pole. Little do they know that the magician is following them, and he wants his hat back. This animated short is based on the popular Christmas song of the same name.Written by
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Originally, June Foray voiced Karen, the Teacher, and the other children. Most of the childrens' voices were replaced with those of actual children before the original broadcast. The end credits were never changed. In late 2017, some sources started listing Suzanne Davidson as the actor who provided the new voices. See more »
When the train heading for the North Pole stops to let another train cross, it stops *after* it has already crossed the track. See more »
I suppose it all started with the snow. You see, it was a very special kind of snow. A snow that made the happy happier, and the giddy even giddier. A snow that'd make a homecoming homier, and natural enemies, friends, natural. For it was the first snow of the season. And as any child can tell you, there's a certain magic that comes with the very first snow, especially when it falls on the day before Christmas. For when the first snow is also a Christmas snow...
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Professor Hinkle is referred to on-screen by name, but is only credited as "The Magician." See more »
The December 2002 broadcast on a Canadian TV network was truncated. The sequence surrounding the lyric "He led them down the streets of town right to a traffic cop" was cut, with the cartoon fading out just before the cop appears and then fading up with Frosty already arrived at the train station. See more »
Watching the holiday specials lately with my young kids, I can gage which shows really grab them. This one scores points by being quick (30 minutes for the toddler group with short attention spans)and a real tear jerker for a four year old. The storyline is easy to understand for young kids and shows the idea of Santa being a generous guy instead of just a present deliverer. I really like it for them. My favorite as an adult is Charlie Brown Christmas, which my kids also love, but I think this scored higher for them. I found that I still liked it too. It's in my top three. Is this the only Rankin holiday film that is not stop motion?
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