Frosty the Snowman (1969)
‘Frosty the Snowman’ 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 Karen, 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!
Categories: Family, Animation, TV Movie
Release date: 1969-12-07
Run time: 25 minute / 0:25
Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr..
Production Company : Rankin/Bass Productions
A gold member of the Christmas classic elite, Frosty The Snowman has entertained several generations of children and adults with its charming holiday magic. Jimmy Durante narrates this 1969 animated creation that features the birth of Frosty, a happy upbeat snowman brought to life by a magical hat. The story is based on the popular Christmas song of the same name, and Durante’s narration and singing brings the animation itself to life. One of the best holiday cartoon specials ever created, Frosty The Snowman will be a part of Christmas celebrations for years to come.
Frosty The Snowman follows the exploits of a group of school children trapped at school on Christmas Eve. Feeling guilty that her students are forced to attend class on Christmas Eve (with snow outside nonetheless), a schoolteacher hires a local magician named Professor Hinkle as entertainment. But Professor Hinkle is anything but a master of his trade. He entertains the kids only by means of their laughter as his ridiculous screw-ups. Frustrated by his failure to perform the famous magic trick of “pulling a rabbit out of a hat,” Hinkle hurls his old top hat out the window. But when the children are dismissed from class, the hat finds its way onto the head of a snowman named Frosty.
A gust of wind blows Professor Hinkle’s discarded hat onto the lifeless snowman’s head, and “presto”! …Frosty the snowman comes to life with a passionate bellow of “Happy Birthday”! Immediately, Professor Hinkle decides that he wants to keep his hat after all (so he can profit from its obvious magic powers), but the kids manage to fight off his advances in order to save Frosty. But Hinkle is the least of Frosty’s worries. The thermometer is on the rise, and the kids conclude that Frosty needs to get to the North Pole or else he’ll melt away. Together, they travel to the local train station to buy Frosty a ticket.
Finding the ticket price too hefty, Frosty and his friend Karen become stowaways on a north-bound train. What they don’t know is that Professor Hinkle is hot on their trail, and he’ll do anything to eliminate Frosty and steal the hat. Will Frosty survive? Only the appearance of another magical Christmas icon can save the day…
A holiday television classic rivaled by none, Frosty the Snowman is brilliant Christmas television programming the entire family can enjoy. Its central theme of life and death are aptly portrayed by a snowman’s good cheer and the love a young girl harbors for him. Frosty’s charisma solidifies this as an enduring TV classic, right up there with all-time greats such as Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)…