The Legend of Frosty the Snowman

Movie review by Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 3+

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 9+

Based on 6 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

No redeeming features here -

Full of nastiness and snark. Confusing, meandering plot. The conclusion - everyone coming together for a community snowball fight - does nothing to wipe away almost an hour of punitive parenting and sniping schoolchildren. -
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!

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate