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Frosty the Snowman (1969)

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A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Durante ... Narrator (voice)
Billy De Wolfe ... Professor Hinkle / The Magician (voice)
Jackie Vernon ... Frosty (voice)
Paul Frees ... Santa Claus / Traffic Cop / Additional Voices (voice)
June Foray ... Teacher / Karen / Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

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 Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frosty the Snowman See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Jimmy Durante's final film (not counting documentaries and one short film appearance). See more »

Goofs

When Hocus Pocus is telling Karen about the refrigerated boxcar, Karen's scarf is dangling on the ground. It is then back around her neck, and then on the ground again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: 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...
[laughs]
Narrator: Well, ...
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Crazy Credits

In the end of the credits, Frosty gets back into Santa's waiting sleigh and they return to the North Pole, with Frosty proclaiming, "I'll be back on Christmas Day!" See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original airing, June Foray provided the voices of Karen and the other children. Starting with the third airing, most of Foray's recordings as Karen and the children were replaced with child voice actors. See more »


Soundtracks

Frosty the Snowman
Written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Jimmy Durante and the Children
© 1951 Hill & Range Songs
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Rankin/Bass' Frosty the Snowman still charming after all these years
11 December 2006 | by tavmSee all my reviews

I just saw Frosty the Snowman for the first time in several years since the late '80s and while I noticed some lapses on logic and continuity, it's still one of the most charming animated holiday specials ever from Rankin/Bass which for once used drawn, as opposed to doll, animation. In one of his last assignments, Jimmy Durante narrates and sings in his unique voice, charming us even in animated form. Billy DeWolfe is amusing as the villainous magician Professor Hinkle. And Jackie Vernon is perfect voicing Frosty who always says, "Happy Birthday!" when he comes to life. Also kudos to June Foray as the teacher and Paul Frees as both the traffic cop who swallows a whistle after talking to Frosty and as Santa Claus who makes Hinkle write "I am very sorry for what I did to Frosty" one zillion times before considering giving him presents again! How ironic that one year after Frosty, Frees would voice the villainous Burgermeister Meisterburger, Claus' enemy in Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. Both Claus here and Burgermeister even sound the same! Anyway, as the song goes, "Don't you cry, I'll be back again some day!" And we'll be waiting every time, Frosty!


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