A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- In theaters: December 2, 1976
- On DVD or streaming: 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
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
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