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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Originally, June Foray voiced Karen, the Teacher, and the other children. Most of the childrens' voices were replaced with those of actual children before the original broadcast. The end credits were never changed. In late 2017, some sources started listing Suzanne Davidson as the actor who provided the new voices. See more »
After the kids build the snowman, one of them suggests they name him Harold. Another kid responds with a strange sound (i.e. "Uh, Bruce?"). Obvious problem with the audio track. 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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Professor Hinkle is referred to on-screen by name, but is only credited as "The Magician." See more »
The December 2002 broadcast on a Canadian TV network was truncated. The sequence surrounding the lyric "He led them down the streets of town right to a traffic cop" was cut, with the cartoon fading out just before the cop appears and then fading up with Frosty already arrived at the train station. See more »
This one has always worked for me--where else can you find Jimmy Durante come Christmas time on Primetime TV nowadays? A special done with great heart, good work by Paul Frees, June Foray, and the great Billy De Wolfe. We always loved his 'Think Nasty! Think Nasty!' bit as kids. He was a funny man, a stand up comedian/magician combo.
All I can say is that Rankin Bass hit a homer with this one, and I am glad CBS keeps on trotting it out every December.
**** outta ****, this one works.
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