Frosty the Snowman

 
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Classic Christmas TV special is sing-along fun.
  • Review Date: November 17, 2006
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 30 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Frosty never actually smokes his requisite corncob pipe.

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.

What's the story?

Narrated by Jimmy Durante, this classic Christmas cartoon forms a heartwarming story around the catchy 1950s song "Frosty the Snowman." The story begins when a magic hat lands on the head of a run-of-the-mill snowman and brings him to life. Just as in the song, Frosty (voiced by Jackie Vernon) is a jolly, happy soul. He enchants the local kids, who follow him around like the Pied Piper. But the magic hat belongs to wicked magician Professor Hinkle (Billy De Wolfe), who vows to get it back even if it means the end of Frosty. And Hinkle isn't the only danger -- temperatures begin to rise, and Frosty starts to melt. When young Karen (June Foray) decides to help Frosty get to the North Pole where he'll be safe, the two encounter some mildly scary situations on their adventure, but friendly woodland animals and Santa come to their aid. In the final scene, it appears that Frosty is gone forever, but never fear -- this winter tale has a happy ending.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Karen's bravery and loyalty in helping her new friend, Frosty, as well as Frosty's unselfish gesture when he takes Karen to the greenhouse to warm up. Families can also discuss the dangers of leaving home without getting permission from a parent. Could Karen have called someone or asked a parent to come along? Families can also unite in a fun sing-along of the familiar "Frosty the Snowman" tune, which is interspersed throughout the story.

Movie details

DVD release date:October 17, 2000
Cast:Billy De Wolfe, Jackie Vernon, Jimmy Durante
Directors:Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
Studio:Sony Wonder
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:30 minutes
MPAA rating:NR
MPAA explanation:not rated

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Parent of a 2 and 3 year old Written byDNA Mama December 10, 2009
 

A good starter for the little ones holiday viewing!

Both my kids love this and want to watch it over and over. The classic is much better than Frosty Returns....even my 3 year old agrees!
Parent Written byjdkinchen December 3, 2010
 

My son loves Fwosty the Snowman!

Teen, 15 years old Written by96grlpowrCE May 13, 2011
 

Cute movie!

To me, this isn't really a Christmas gem, but it truly is a cute movie and it's definitely worth seeing at least once! ^.^
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