A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Listen to your heart and be true to yourself (but rule-breaking and disobeying your parents is encouraged).
Positive Role Models
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
School-age crushes, but no sexy stuff.
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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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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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