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Frosty's Winter Wonderland/Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Frosty the Snowman's marriage is threatened by jealous Jack Frost. Year: 1976 Starring: Andy Griffith Shelley WintersRunning Time: 48 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHRISTMAS/CHRISTMAS UPC: 012569420229 Manufacturer No: 4202

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Frosty's Winter Wonderland
It's no secret that sequels to classic TV specials rarely stack up--they're usually guilty of getting too fancy with characters and story lines, causing irritating fissures to form in our perceptions of the originals. Lucky for a new generation of holiday viewers, that's not the case with Frosty's Winter Wonderland. In fact, lining up a Frosty double feature at home in which the original is directly followed by the new title is a fully cringe-free proposition, thanks mostly to the down-homey, pleasant narration of Andy Griffith and the near-perfect portrayal of the Frosty we all know and love by Jackie Vernon. The Wonderland dialogue doesn't trouble itself with tiresome throwbacks, and even the plot isn't overly ambitious: Frosty, lonely at the North Pole, is bent on keeping his famous promise to the kids that he'll be back again someday, so when the news of a snowstorm in their town reaches him, he waddles off. But once the belly-whopping's run its course, he's lonely again. The children, hoping to salvage Frosty's stay with them, hit upon a solution: they'll build Frosty a wife. Crystal fits every snowman's fantasy of a dream bride, but will jealous Jack Frost sabotage their wintry wedding? For all classic Christmas special fans who harbor hopes that the fun can continue, it's worth finding out. Kids 2 and older will love the songs and the still-intact dribbles of silliness. --Tammy La Gorce

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Animators of all things Christmas, Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass (Frosty the Snowman) take on the famous poem by Clement Moore. Narrated by Joel Grey, the story opens on the night before Christmas, but the reading of the poem must be stopped when two creatures in the house begin to stir: family men Mr. Trundle and Father Mouse. Their restlessness stems from the fact that Santa is angry at the residents of Junctionville, returning all their letters without even opening them. The reason? Somebody wrote a letter to the editor of the paper saying that he doesn't exist. In an attempt to fix the situation, Mr. Trundle, a clockmaker, comes up with a plan to lure Santa into town with a clock that will sing an enchanting song at midnight. When the clock doesn't work on its first test, the townsfolk lose all faith in him. Turns out the cause of all the trouble is Albert, a book-smart young mouse who thinks he knows the truth about Santa Claus. There are a few good songs in the 23-minute program, whose the moral is: don't believe the kids on the playground if they say that Santa doesn't exist. --Andy Spletzer


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  • Actors: Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver, George Gobel, Patricia Bright
  • Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
  • Writers: Clement Moore, Jerome Coopersmith, Romeo Muller
  • Producers: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002M5U7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,566 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 6, 2005
What a deal, two rare Rankin/Bass hoiday specials available for the first time on DCD, and we get 2 for the price of 1.

FROSTYS WINTER WONDERLAND: Just like the song says, Frosty comes back again someday. Frosty returns to play with the children, but Jack Frost is envious of him. He tries to steal Frosty's magic hat to take his powers. The children build Frosty a wife named Crystal according to magic instructions from Frosty. When Jack Frost finally gets Frosty, it's his wife that must save him with love.

The studio that made the first hour long cel animated Frosty special that first aired on CBS television in 1969 is Rankin/Bass Productions, the kings of holiday specials. That show was based on the original song written in 1951 by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. The studio made a terrific half hour sequel in 1976 for ABC television titled "Frosty's Winter Wonderland". That special starts right where the first one left off. The character design was by Paul Coker Jr., who did the same work for the first special, so the visual continuity works very well and the characters have that classic Rankin/Bass 'look'. He also did the unique lettering for the credits in both specials. The famous voice actor Paul Frees stars as Jack Frost, and the policeman. Frees was a regular in studio productions and had also voiced the policeman, ticket seller, and Santa Claus in the original. Jackie Vernon voiced Frosty just like he did before, and Selly Winters is his new wife. The writer for both Rankin/Bass shows was Romeo Muller, and Maury Laws returned as the musical director. Interestingly, while Rankin/Bassis known for the high quality of their original songs, they used Christmas standards in their sequel.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Flanders on November 18, 2005
I have been waiting for this for so long. I have actually been accused of making up "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by several people who have gone and grown up. I lost my recording of this a few years back and have missed watching this lovely story now that 1/2 hour toy commercials have taken up most of the time networks dedicate to Christmas specials. I had almost given up on anybody else remembering this story fondly enough to put it on DVD.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Ray on November 28, 2004
Twas the Night Before Christmas was one of my favorite Christmas specials when I was a kid and it still is.

The story begins with a reading of Clement's The Night Before Christmas but creatures are stirring because they have learned that Santa is upset with their town and he isn't stopping to bring toys this year. The story is told jointly from a mouse/human perspective through a flashback to reveal why Santa is upset and how they hope to remedy the situation.

Other Christmas shows (such as Rudolph and Charlie Brown) have received more attention over the years but, in my estimation, Twas the Night Before Christmas belongs in the same lofty company. It's a great story and we got the DVD so our kids could enjoy the show too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christine B. Ryder on September 14, 2005
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Frosty's Winter Wonderland is the charming story of how Frosty met his snow-wife and how he overcomes the interference of Jack Frost. It is a cute movie with good morals and enjoyable for children and adults. It is also narrated by Andy Griffith and brought to life by the voices of Jackie Vernon and Shelley Winters. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas has been one of my favorite Christmas shows since I was a little girl. It's the story of a mouse who wrote a letter to the editor claiming Santa Clause does not exist and signing it from "all of us." So, Santa Clause decides he will skip that town on Christmas Eve. But the clock-maker of the town, on return of his family's Christmas wish-lists in the mail, has a plan of how to show Santa that they do believe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Spielman on November 6, 2005
I've never been a big fan of the Frosty sequel, but ever since I saw "Twas The Night Before Christmas" in it's very first TV run back in the 70's I've been hooked. This show is pure classic Christmas Special all the way. It's ranks right up there (as others have said) with Charlie Brown, The Snow Miser, and Rudolph.

I bought the VHS version way back when it first came out (probably 10-15 years ago) and I've lovingly enjoyed it every year. And I even found the soundtrack record on eBay! Talk about Christmas wishes coming true! But now with a pristine digital copy on DVD, I know I'll never be with those glorious "Christmas bells calling Santa, Santa!"
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By En Trance VINE VOICE on November 25, 2005
While the stories of these two 1/2 hour Christmas specials don't have anything to do with one another, they both feature similar looking cel animation from the classic team of Rankin/Bass. Frosty's Winter Wonderland and Twas the Night Before Christmas always seemed to air in the second half hour of a Christmas special hour block on network TV, but I wouldn't consider either one second rate.

In Frosty's Winter Wonderland, the sequel to Frosty the Snowman, we find Frosty able to choose the exact likeness of his new snow bride (don't we WISH we could all do this in real life) as the kids make her to keep him company. This time, a magic hat won't work on her, only a special gift from Frosty. They attempt to get married, but not if the snickering Jack Frost has his way.

The 2nd is the classic about a boy mouse who loses all faith in Santa Claus and decides to write him a nasty letter. After that, Santa decides to cancel Christmas and the town must fix their musical clock, which will belt out the classic holiday tune, Santa We Need You Today, if they want Santa back.

Two great 70's specials from the kings of holiday television. I think these go well together, despite the fact that Frosty the Snowman should have come doubled up with Frosty's Winter Wonderland on DVD and NOT the inferior, non Rankin Bass, Frosty Returns. I think they have to do it that way, or no one would want to buy Frosty Returns on it's own!
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