Parents' Guide to

The Legend of Frosty the Snowman

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Modern follow-up to Christmas classic isn't as enjoyable.

Movie NR 2012 75 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 7+

Good for anything but christmas

It's an entertaining movie somewhat but it's not a christmas one. Here is a huge problem from a quality perspective to me: you can tell this movie's story without frosty ever even being in it. you can replace frosty with almost anyone, and it will make complete sense still. I will now be summing up the story. Evergreen is a fascist totalitarian dictatorship lead by principal (or fuhrer) pankley who uses the mayor (the main character Tommy's dad) as a puppet to enforce his totalitarian agenda. then one day frosty the snowman comes and starts to change the oppressed children in order to crumble the regime. he does this by dispelling their fears, showing them fun, questioning the authority, and other things.. later on a coup d'etat happens after tommys dad and pankley removes the mayor from power. but not before frosty is assassinated by pankley himself, causing the frosty revolution to be squashed. the rebel kids get together and get the hat out and make frosty come back, and his rebellion returns in full force finally toppling the Dictatorship Of the Clipboard, at this point the former puppet mayor is given back his power and pankley is executed by freezing lake. tommy then goes on to marry sarah (one of the characters) and tells the story of how he lived under this oppressive regime to the viewer. and thats the movie!
age 9+

Not for kids that still believe

Terrible movie! There is a scene where they tell kids that Santa doesn't exist. So mad at this movie right now. Plus some of the kids are mean and bully other kids. The principal is awful to the kids even though the narrator tells how everyone is good and well behaved. We did not finish watching it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Fans of the beloved Frosty the Snowman Christmas special might be left a bit cold after watching this Frosty tale. The plot is pretty simplistic, and, at more than twice the length of the original Frosty movie, it feels stretched thin by about the halfway mark. There are a lot of nods to its predecessor, including stylized, retro animation, but it lacks its charm and fun. The adults (and even some of the kids) are unlikable and not very bright, and parents probably won't appreciate the message that it's OK to break the rules.

Even though this film is spun as a holiday movie and Frosty is supposed to bring about the magic and sparkle of the season, the film feels joyless. It's not a terrible movie, but it's not really that enjoyable.

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