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Jack Frost (1979)

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The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buddy Hackett ... Pardon-Me-Pete (Groundhog) (voice)
Robert Morse ... Jack Frost (voice)
Paul Frees ... Kubla Kraus / Father Winter (voice)
Larry Storch ... Papa (voice)
Dave Garroway ... Groundhog Day Television Reporter (voice)
Debra Clinger ... Elisa (voice)
Don Messick ... Snip (voice)
Dee Stratton Dee Stratton ... Mama (voice)
Sonny Melendrez ... Sir Ravenal Rightfellow (voice)
Dina Lynn Dina Lynn ... Holly (voice)
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Storyline

Jack Frost ushers in winter every year, but he is upset that he is unable to interact with humans, since they cannot see him. When he falls in love with the young peasant woman Elisa, he requests to be made human and his superior, Father Winter, who agrees to make him permanently human as long as he has a house, horse, bag of gold, and a wife by the beginning of spring. When Jack arrives in town and is introduced to Elisa and her family, he learns they are oppressed by a greedy Cossack, who has eyes on the peasants' income and Elisa. And Jack must also contend with Elisa's childhood sweetheart, Sir Ravenal. Will he decide to remain human in the end? Written by cupcakes

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TV-G

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Frost See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Cossackas are member of a people of southern Russia and Ukraine, noted for their horsemanship and military skill. See more »

Quotes

[Jack Frost breathes on Elisa's wedding flowers, covering them with beautiful ice crystals]
Sir Raveneau: What was that?
Elisa: An old friend kissed the bride.
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Crazy Credits

Rankin/Bass Productions logo is yellow screen. See more »


Soundtracks

Jack Frost is Here
(uncredited)
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Buddy Hackett and Chorus
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Strange But Interesting
17 December 2015 | by abbyadams1976See all my reviews

I was thinking "This is odd" pretty much through the whole thing. But it kept my attention and I didn't want to turn it off.

Buddy Hackett plays the groundhog, which is a hoot. It's better than his Chinese waiter routine, I guess. The guy who plays the villain sounds like Boris from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon, but it isn't the same guy.

There are many questions here. Why did Jack Frost choose the name "Snip" if there already was a character named snip? Why is it nobody noticed that the villain is actually a genius with clockwork? How did Jack Frost learn how to tailor?

That doesn't really matter, though. It's about as believable as any of the other stop-motion Holiday specials.


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