A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A brave girl helps her friend Frosty get to the North Pole so he doesn't melt. A villainous magician tries to retrieve his magic hat without caring what happens to poor Frosty without it. Like other Christmas classics from the 1960s, this show doesn't represent any minorities -- all of the characters are white.
Violence & Scariness
Frosty melts, and Karen wonders if he's gone forever.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frosty never actually smokes his requisite corncob pipe.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this classic holiday cartoon has a few mildly perilous and sad scenes and one villain in the form of a bumbling magician. Frosty occasionally loses the magic hat that brings him to life, and of course the small-town kids are sad when Frosty is just an ordinary snowman instead of their friendly, walking, talking pal. Frosty's young friend Karen runs away from home in order to help Frosty, but she truly believes she'll only be gone for a little while and no one will notice. In a few short scenes, Karen is in danger of freezing, and in the saddest scene, Frosty completely melts, and Karen believes he's gone forever -- but it's a family holiday movie, so of course he's not. Parents should also know that this DVD is often paired with Frosty Returns, a loose sequel from 1992 that isn't nearly as fun. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A simple story line and mildly scary/sad scenes that quickly melt into happy situations make this half-hour tale appropriate for very young viewers. Parents will enjoy reliving their childhood and sharing this classic with their kids, and the beloved holiday song figures prominently throughout this short feature -- kids of all ages will have fun singing along (turn on the DVD's subtitle feature if you don't know all of the words).
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