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 Winters 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
Voices of Buddy Hackett, Debra Clinger, Larry Storch. Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin spent a lifetime making wonderful animated masterpieces and here is yet another. Jack sheds his dark heart to become human after he falls in love with Elisa. But when the evil king kidnaps Elisa, Jack returns to his winter form to rescue her. 1979/color/48 min/NR/fullscreen.