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Jack Frost (1979)

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The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buddy Hackett ... Pardon-Me-Pete (Groundhog) (voice)
Robert Morse ... Jack Frost (voice)
Paul Frees ... Kubla Kraus / Father Winter (voice)
Larry Storch ... Papa (voice)
Dave Garroway ... Groundhog Day Television Reporter (voice)
Debra Clinger ... Elisa (voice)
Don Messick ... Snip (voice)
Dee Stratton Dee Stratton ... Mama (voice)
Sonny Melendrez ... Sir Ravenal Rightfellow (voice)
Dina Lynn Dina Lynn ... Holly (voice)
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Storyline

Jack Frost ushers in winter every year, but he is upset that he is unable to interact with humans, since they cannot see him. When he falls in love with the young peasant woman Elisa, he requests to be made human and his superior, Father Winter, who agrees to make him permanently human as long as he has a house, horse, bag of gold, and a wife by the beginning of spring. When Jack arrives in town and is introduced to Elisa and her family, he learns they are oppressed by a greedy Cossack, who has eyes on the peasants' income and Elisa. And Jack must also contend with Elisa's childhood sweetheart, Sir Ravenal. Will he decide to remain human in the end? Written by cupcakes

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TV-G

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Frost See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Cossackas are member of a people of southern Russia and Ukraine, noted for their horsemanship and military skill. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Pardon-Me-Pete: Pardon me.
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Crazy Credits

Rankin/Bass Productions logo is yellow screen. See more »

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Featured in Chapter 27 (2007) See more »

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Recessional Wedding March
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very good
8 December 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

The media has gathered to see groundhog Pardon-Me-Pete greet the arrival of spring. A magical shadow appears and he scurries back inside for six more weeks of winter. Pete reveals that the invisible Jack Frost created the shadow as a deal between them so he can have more sleep. He tells the story of the one time that Jack Frost appeared to the people. Jack fell in love with Elisa from January Junction and asked Father Winter to turn him into human. Father Winter agrees to turn him for a winter and permanently if certain milestones are achieved including getting a wife. In addition, Father Winter turns Snip the Snowflake Maker and Holly the Snow Gypsy into humans to look out for Jack. Elisa is kidnapped by the evil Cossack king, Kubla Kraus, on his iron horse. She is rescued by Sir Ravenal Rightfellow. Kubla Kraus vows to send his ironman army to destroy January Junction. Jack Frost gives up his humanity to snow in Kubla and his army but spring is coming. The only way to extend winter is to create the magic shadow.

The main drawback is Jack Frost's voice. It's too old. He needs a boyish voice to match the boyish features on the new design. This Rankin/Bass Production is a little later than the original classics. Even though I like Buddy Hackett's voice, much of the narration is unnecessary. I like the story and I like the designs. This is a very good romantic story considering it's a children's Christmas special.


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