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Frosty the Snowman & Frosty Returns

4.3 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews

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Look at Frosty Go! What’s become a bigger holiday tradition than building a snowman? Watching the original Christmas classic, Frosty the Snowman! Grab your scarf, bundle up, and get ready for the incredible adventure of a magical snowman who’s got enough personality to win over the whole family. You can’t go wrong with Frosty!

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  • Actors: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees, June Foray
  • Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
  • Writers: Romeo Muller
  • Producers: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • 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:
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  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000R7G6JU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2002
Format: DVD
Well, what can I say about "Frosty the Snowman?" It is another Rankin/Bass treat that has stood the test of time and become a permanent part of Christmas. It is really great to see these classics making their way to DVD. Frosty is a five star cartoon.
The DVD itself is a little lackluster, and I was tempted not to buy it. There is an introduction by Arthur Rankin Jr. that is much appreciated. It is not unlike the introduction he gives on the Rudolph DVD. The real disappointment comes with the second feature "Frosty Returns." This is not a Rankin/Bass feature, and is particularly poorly done. It looks and sounds like a cheap knock-off. I honestly think that they used recycled "Peanuts" animation. It is really bad.
With the wealth of Rankin/Bass material, including other snowman features like "Frosty's Winter Wonderland" or "Christmas in July," it is a shame to see this classic paired with such a dog. Look to "Year Without a Santa Claus" to see a great treatment of Rankin/Bass classics. Here's hoping Warner Brothers picks up such greats as "Jack Frost" and the "Life and Adventures of Santa Claus."
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"Frosty the Snowman" is a classic along with The Little Drummer Boy, Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
"Frosty Returns" is an Eco-terrorist heist of Christmas. It talks about Winter Festivals, Fertility Goddesses, and evil Big Business. Not one word of Christmas, without which there is no point in the story.
The environmental extremism ruins the story. Plus the songs are stinkers. You've never heard any of them on a Chrsitmas album, unless Green Peace has one....
My suggestion is buy the DVD and figure out how to scratch out Frosty Returns so you won't get snow burned next year.
I would pay twice the price to be able to buy the DVD WITHOUT Frosty Returns.
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Everyone is familiar with the original Rankin & Bass classic Frosty the Snowman. But what ruins this, is the inclusion of the practically unwatchable Frosty Returns. Someone at CBS thought they could recapture the magic of the very understated Charlie Brown Christmas, because the same person (Bill Melendez) involved with Charles Schulz's Peanuts characters, animated this very unspecial Christmas special.

I hate to say it, but it's clear that the characters are actually Charlie Brown ripoffs. The only difference, and it's a very huge difference, is the minimalist animation of the original Charlie Brown holiday specials works because of the beloved characters. There's nothing to love in regards to the dismal characters, animation, story, songs, and total premise of Frosty Returns. This is the perfect example of greed at work. Spend very little, put in very little effort, ignore quality of any kind, and at the end of the day expect a lot for doing absolutely nothing. What the pairing of Frosty Returns with the amazing Frosty the Snowman does is it diminishes the classic. It really is that bad.

Do yourself a favor and buy one of the collections that has the original Rankin & Bass classics which includes Frosty the Snowman but not Frosty Returns, and skip this one. This is the true definition of a money grab by CBS. They still run these two programs together every year and you can bet it gets turned off or deleted from the DVR after about 1 minute of watching. Skip this one, and send a message that you won't be duped by something as horrible as the CBS Frosty Returns special that looks like it was animated by my 2 dogs. I should apologize for saying that, apologize to my dogs that is, they could do much better than this horrible Peanuts reject.
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Do not let the double feature release of "Frosty The Snowman" and "Frosty Returns" fool you. Even though the titles appear together on video (and are aired back-to-back each Christmas season on CBS), they are, by no means, a series. The tone of "Frosty The Snowman" differs from the tone of "Frosty Returns." The animation of the two features is different.The actors are different. Most of the characters are different. All that remains the same are Frosty and his song.

"Frosty The Snowman" marked the first animated feature where the direction and production team of Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass used traditional cel animation. As Rankin explains in one of the few DVD extras, Rankin wanted "Frosty The Snowman" to have a greeting card feel - and these characters look like they'd be found on a greeting card. They were designed by Paul Coker, Jr., who had made greeting cards prior to joining Rankin/Bass. The story is based on the song by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, and is simply and faithfully adapted to the screen by Romeo Muller, who wrote on many a Rankin/Bass project. On the last day before Christmas vacation, a grade school teacher (voiced by June Foray) brings the magician Professor Hinkle (Billy De Wolfe) to school to entertain her class. Hinkle, though, is so inept, he can't even pull his rabbit, Hocus Pocus, from his hat. Hocus comes out while the Professor is messing up another trick. The frustrated Professor throws his hat in the garbage.

After school, the students build a snowman, using the discarded hat, which they don't realize has been brought there by Hocus. Once the snowman has his hat, he exclaims "Happy Birthday!" The children decide he should have a name. A little girl named Karen decides Frosty is the appropriate name for their creation.
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