The Legend of Frosty the Snowman

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Modern follow-up to Christmas classic isn't as enjoyable.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 75 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Listen to your heart and be true to yourself (but rule-breaking and disobeying your parents is encouraged).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Frosty shows the town to listen to their hearts.

Violence & Scariness

Some bullying by the mean older brother. A scheming, maniacal principal tries to get rid of Frosty and control the town. One sad scene where Frosty falls into a frozen river without his hat and disappears, but he soon returns.

Sexy Stuff

School-age crushes, but no sexy stuff.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frosty has his corncob pipe but never smokes it; a '50s-style wet bar is in the background, but no one uses it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Legend of Frosty the Snowman is a follow-up to the classic TV special Frosty the Snowman and its 1992 sequel Frosty Returns. Although it's a fairly clean movie, there are some scenes of bullying and an overarching message that rules are meant to be broken. There also are some gender stereotypes (girls should have long hair and be accomplished to catch a husband, for example), though they're all turned on their heads by the end. There are some mildly scary scenes with a scheming town politician who tries to get rid of Frosty and one sad scene in which Frosty falls into a frozen river without his hat and disappears. But with a quick turnaround to a happy ending, this holiday film should be fit for even young preschoolers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPorky T. December 24, 2016

This show missed the point - DON'T watch!

It is false advertising to suggest this is a story about Frosty or anything wintery or cheerful. This is a story about mostly unlikeable stereotypes with few r... Continue reading
Parent of a 4-year-old Written byLiz N. November 28, 2016

don't watch, awful

I wish I had consulted Common Sense Media before selecting this for my 4 year old. The level of snark and insults is over the top. Everyone is super dour and di... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old June 18, 2019

This is not the real Frosty!

I hated Frosty Returns, but this, THIS IS NOT THE REAL FROSTY! He encourages kids to sneak out of their houses and break rules! Plus, Hammocks Animation didn... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byIt's A Funny Thing July 13, 2019



What's the story?

Narrated by Burt Reynolds, this retro-style fable gives a sneak peek into the legend behind the beloved Frosty the Snowman (Bill Fagerbakke). The townspeople of Evergreen, led by their friendly but uptight mayor Mr. Tinkerton, is obsessed with following the rules. That is, until little Tommy Tinkerton (Kath Soucie) spots a magical top hat blowing into town. Knowing someone needs to remind the citizens of Evergreen that magic exists, Frosty and his trusty hat start leading kids into fun (but harmless) mischief. Meanwhile, the conniving principal Mr. Pankley schemes to get rid of Frosty and take over the town, unless Tommy (with a little help from his friends) can discover the real legend behind Frosty and how to save him.

Is it any good?

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about rules. Should you always follow the rules adults set? When is it OK to break them?

  • What is your favorite movie about Frosty the Snowman? Why is it your favorite?

  • Do you have holiday movies you watch every year? Which ones are they?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love the holidays

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