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Product Details

  • Actors: Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees, Larry Storch, Dave Garroway
  • Directors: Jules Bass, Jr. Arthur Rankin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Original recording remastered, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: 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: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CO32FS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jack Frost (Remastered Deluxe Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Totally Cool Crafty Creations: Kids learn how to make their own holiday crafts
  • Snip's Snowy Singalong: Sing some of this show's wonderful songs with Snip, the Snowflake Maker

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Jack Frost: Deluxe Edition (1979)

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A 1979 Rankin-Bass, stop-motion animated program similar to Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jack Frost is a classic winter tale of good and evil, hope and despair, and love and sacrifice that will captivate viewers 5 and older. Narrated by Pardon-me-Pete Groundhog (Buddy Hackett) and framed as an exploration of the tradition of Groundhog Day, the music-filled Jack Frost is actually the story of young sprite Jack Frost who, under Father Winter’s leadership, is responsible for bringing winter weather to the world. Felt, but never seen, a lonely Jack begs to become human when he falls in love with January Junction resident Elisa. Father Winter grudgingly grants Jack Frost a winter of humanity, warning that in order to remain human forever, he must acquire the four essentials of a home, horse, bag of gold, and wife by springtime. Finding these essentials requires that Jack Frost overthrow the evil King of the Cossacks Kubla Kraus, a mission that is difficult and dangerous. Even with the help of fellow sprites Snip the snowflake maker and Holly the snowflake gypsy, Jack must make a very significant personal sacrifice in order to remove Kubla Kraus from power and ensure the continued well-being of Elisa and January Junction. Bonus features include three "Totally Cool Crafty Creations" with Francine Flake (cutting snowflakes, making a snow globe, and creating instant snow) and the three sing-along-songs ("Jack Frost," "Just What I Always Wanted," and "The Groundhog Song") accompanied by movie footage and onscreen lyrics. --Tami Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

Great classic movie!
Jane Lebo
Just makes out feel like Christmas when you watch it.
A Rice
The Remastered Deluxe Edition has amazing clarity.
Just my opinion NE

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By George Zadorozny on November 21, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
"Jack Frost" tells the story of how the wintry sprite is transformed by his love for someone very special to him! And the great voice actor Paul Frees (best known as the voice of Boris Badenov in "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle") does an amazing job as the voice of the villain, Kubla Kraus. Don't miss him singing the "Rub-a-Dub" song! (Which is usually cut from TV broadcasts of this film.) "Jack Frost" is another extraordinary film by Romeo Muller, who also wrote the classic Animagic, Rankin/Bass Christmas films, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman," among many other enchanting tales.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 16, 2002
Format: DVD
"Jack Frost" has always been one of my favorite Rankin/Bass Christmas specials. Because it was not aired as often as "Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer" or "Frosty the Snowman," there was always something special about it. It was more of a treat when I got to see it. Also, it had knights, castles and a steam-powered horse, which was a big bonus for me as a child.
This is an animagic production, with stop-motion puppets instead of cell animation. The story is winter-focused rather than Christmas focused. Jack Frost, an invisible elf who can never participate in the joy he brings to the humans, falls in love with a human girl. He petitions Father Winter to grant him humanity and give him the chance to win her love. The villain of the story is Kublah Krause, the Cossack King. He gets the best song. "I'm Kublah Krause, I could have been a Shogun, but there are no Samurai around here, there's the rub, there's the rub..."
The only holiday represented is Groundhog's Day, and the Groundhog himself (voiced by Buddy Hackett) makes an appearance. "I've got a day named after me, February 2..." Other characters include Holly the Snow Gypsy and Snip the Snowflake Cutter.
This DVD is a fairly frill-free production, and contains only the main feature. It was produced for stores to put in their "bargain DVD" racks. Still, the quality is great and there is no other DVD version of "Jack Frost" available. A definite must-have for the holidays.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By unicornelia on December 6, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This was the first of many Rankin/Bass holiday specials I saw on TV (the only ones I owned on video being the popular "Rudolph" and "Peter Cottontail.") I was pleased by this one too. In fact, I recall seeing part of it once last year on TV too--it also seems to be one of the more popular ones. Anyway, the idea that a girl is in love with "Jack Frost" and then Jack Frost, who's lonely, becomes human because he thinks she really loves him, was, I thought, quite adorable. So "Jack Snip" the tailor moves in with the girl's family. I liked the song they sang while unwrapping an empty box and pretending it was "just what they'd always wanted." It was sad, yet cute. Snip, the snowflake-maker, followed Jack to Earth to help him reach his human-like goals by spring and remain a human, and also to keep out of trouble. The story only began to drag a little when the "k-nights" came into it, and the snowed-in castle. In the end, the girl marries the man she truly loves, her "knight in golden armor." And of course, Jack Frost is present at her wedding. It's really a very nice tale.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kellyannl on December 2, 2002
Format: DVD
A bit darker than the average Rankin/Bass holiday special, this moving entry is almost up there with "Rudolph" and "The Year Without a Santa Claus" - and perhaps has the most beautiful script of the lot.
Jack, the gentle personification of the better aspects of winter, is going about his business when he overhears Elisa, a pretty villager of January Junction trying to get her parents to stop nagging her about marriage, joke that she'll only marry Jack Frost. Shaken to the core, Jack - who doesn't really fit in with the less earthy winter sprites in charge of snow, sleet and hail but who also remains distant from the humans among whom he carries out his duties, realizes as if for the first time how lonely he really is. He asks for - and is granted - a winter of humanity that may change to permanent status if he can earn his way in the world and win a wife by spring. The gracefully awkward Jack is befriended by Elisa and her parents, all of whom he comes to love.
Jack, however, has two strikes against him - a good-guy noble knight who turns Elisa's head and the evil Kubla Kraus, who forces Jack to make a heartwrenching but inevitable decision for the sake of his loved ones.
This classic also has legs beyond Christmas, being appropriate anytime between first frost and Groundhog Day.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Egdar on December 9, 2006
Format: DVD
if you apprecaite classics and want something to enjoy every christmas season, then buy this! i have been watching this movie every christmas for the last 5 years. its a good movie with a kinda sad ending, but totally worth it! you just gotta love the animation style, and the story isn't fluffy like some movies tend to be.

its just a great christams movie
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David B. Minter on April 6, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
One thing I wanted to note off the bat about this release. The version of this WB VHS, dated 1992 on the copyright physically printed on the box, I viewed did not have complete closing credits. I do not know if this common on all printings, but, on this one, the source material was not complete. However, it was only missing part of the closing credits, and is far more complete than Disney and ABC airings which remove things like the entire Kubla Kraus musical number.

Romeo Muller wrote the scripts for nearly all of the Rankin Bass stop motion animated holiday themed specials, as well as some other kids fare such as the Puff The Magic Dragon cartoons. For Jack Frost, he combined two unrelated elements, the holiday of Groundhog's Day, with the idea of a spirit, Jack Frost, who helps to create the winter season. While most would probably first think of Christmas when they hear of Jack Frost due to the holiday song, Muller successfully tacks on Groundhog's Day, providing an origin for that holiday. A surprisingly complex story results.

Muller's script focuses less on a story element, going from Point A to B and onwards to describe how X holiday came to be, and more on the emotional context. While he completely satisfies the prerequisites for explaining how Groundhog's Day came to be by story's end, it is the internal character study that really stands out in this tale. Jack Frost is a "man" who is known but never seen. His actions are all he has to speak for himself: he helps Father Winter create winter. In particular, as his name implies, the frosts that appear, but, he can also work with Winter and others to create the snows that fall. He can never be just a simple man, because as he sings, it's lonely being one of a kind.
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