A discarded silk top hat becomes the focus of a struggle between a washed-up stage magician and a group of schoolchildren after it magically brings a snowman to life. Realizing that newly-living Frosty will melt in spring unless he takes refuge in a colder climate, Frosty and a young girl who he befriends stow away on a freight train headed for the north pole. Little do they know that the magician is following them, and he wants his hat back. This animated short is based on the popular Christmas song of the same name.Written by
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June Foray provided the voices of Karen, the Teacher, and the other children. However, starting with the third airing of the special, most of her recordings as Karen and the other children were replaced with the voices of actual young children. Her voice however can still be heard in subsequent airings of the special in some of the other children's dialogue. No changes were made to the credits, so for many years the actual child actors remained unknown. However, in late 2017, sources started listing Suzanne Davidson, (best known as "Susie" in Miracle on 34th Street (1973) (the 1973 TV remake of Miracle On 34th Street) and as the first "Betsy" on As the World Turns (1956)) as the later Karen voice. See more »
After Santa raises the melted Frosty back to his original form, Frosty reappears without a smile. After Hinkle appears from behind a tree, Frosty's smile reappears. See more »
I suppose it all started with the snow. You see, it was a very special kind of snow. A snow that made the happy happier, and the giddy even giddier. A snow that'd make a homecoming homier, and natural enemies, friends, natural. For it was the first snow of the season. And as any child can tell you, there's a certain magic that comes with the very first snow, especially when it falls on the day before Christmas. For when the first snow is also a Christmas snow...
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Professor Hinkle is referred to on-screen by name, but is only credited as "The Magician." See more »
The December 2002 broadcast on a Canadian TV network was truncated. The sequence surrounding the lyric "He led them down the streets of town right to a traffic cop" was cut, with the cartoon fading out just before the cop appears and then fading up with Frosty already arrived at the train station. See more »
Basically an extended version of the song, Frosty the Snowman probably holds more cheer for American audiences. In England we have The Snowman, a much subtler and sadder story, but very similar. Here we have some kids looking to have fun with Frosty while a magician tries to reclaim his magic hat. I couldn't completely enjoy this as, to me, it was rightfully the magician's hat in the first place. The song is always great, and I liked most of the voice work. At under half an hour, it's a great, quick dose of Christmas. The animation has its 60's charm and you can tell a lot of hard work must have gone into it. The vocal work is good too, but I found myself waiting for those recognizable chords.
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