A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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.
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