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 »
When Frosty attempts to count to 10, he starts counting to 5 on his fingers, and he has 5 fingers on one hand and 4 on the other. Then after he finishes counting, both hands have 4. 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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In the end of the credits, Frosty gets back into Santa's waiting sleigh and they return to the North Pole, with Frosty proclaiming, "I'll be back on Christmas Day!" See more »
In the original airing, June Foray provided the voices of Karen and the other children. Starting with the third airing, most of Foray's recordings as Karen and the children were replaced with child voice actors. See more »
Frosty the Snowman is one of my all-time favorite holiday specials along with Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer. I look forward to watching it each year (without commercials since I own the home video on VHS) and enjoy the scene where Frosty comes to life with his first words "Happy Birthday!" Unfortunately, the thermometer becomes red and Frosty, concerned about melting, embarks with Karen and Hocus the rabbit to the North Pole.
It was sad when evil magician Professor Hinkle locked Frosty and Karen in the greenhouse, Frosty melted and Karen broke down crying. However, Santa saved the day when Frosty came back to life.
The voicework by Jimmy Durante, Billy DeWolfe and Jackie Vernon is outstanding. Although all three are gone, their memories live on in this jolly, happy holiday classic.
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