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Frosty's Winter Wonderland

(i)

 

Snowman takes a wife in predictable sequel.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1976
  • Running Time: 24 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

All positive, as one would expect with a holiday movie. Children help Frosty find a solution for his loneliness, and the single naughty character is reformed through friendship.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Snowman kisses his snow-wife

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Frosty carries -- but never smokes -- a pipe in his mouth

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this holiday movie is harmless fluff, just right for getting in the spirit of the season when the better-loved classics have already been viewed. The Jack Frost character may be mildly creepy for very young children. Characters demonstrate positive models of friendship and caring. This is one holiday special that doesn't even mention Christmas so it's suitable for families of many faith traditions.

What's the story?

Narrated by Andy Griffith, FROSTY'S WINTER WONDERLAND comes with a heavy dose of sing-along holiday music and the same animation style as the original. Frosty (voiced by Jackie Vernon) has returned from the North Pole and feels lonely as he watches the children retreat inside -- where he'd melt -- each night. So the kids build him a snow-wife named Crystal (Shelley Winters) and a snow parson to marry them. Meanwhile jealous ice-blue Jack Frost tries to quash Frosty's popularity with the children, but finds out it's not as easy as it looks.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Like that fourth cookie from the holiday dessert table, this sequel may serve only as seasonal excess, but that's not always such a bad thing. This sequel may lack a real plot, but it also forgoes the sadness that made the first movie a bit heavy for younger kids.

One of the nice but quiet messages in the movie is that Frosty's magic doesn't just come from his hat, and that it's really love that gives the characters their spirit. That's a good message any time of the year, but especially at the holidays.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Frosty might be lonely now that he's back from visiting the North Pole. For families in snowier climates, it might be fun to build Frosty and Crystal in a yard or park. If that's not a possibility, what could you make a snowman out of in your own home -- pillows? Construction paper? Lace doilies?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 2, 1976
DVD/Streaming release date:November 1, 2007
Cast:Andy Griffith, Jackie Vernon, Shelley Winters
Directors:Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:24 minutes
MPAA rating:NR
MPAA explanation:Not Rated

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Adult Written byLowe's man February 15, 2014

educational

Although Jack Frost is initially Frosty's enemy, or so he thinks, Frosty and his new wife Crystal tell him that they need him to survive. At that point enemies became friends and all was well. Until April, that is. At that point the minister (Parsen Brown) explained to Frosty, Crystal, Jack Frost and the kids why it isn't good for plants and trees if winter lasts forever. Then Frosty and Crystal went to the North Pole and Jack Frost left. Cooperation was shown. A great sequel with a bit of educational material.
Teen, 15 years old Written by96grlpowrCE May 13, 2011

Not bad, not outstanding.

Rankin/Bass usually does great sequels (i.e. The Little Drummer Boy Book II, and most of the "Rudolph" movies), but this was somewhat boring as compared to the original Frosty. It wasn't bad-- some parts actually were interesting-- and it is worth seeing at least once, but it's not a favourite.