A discarded silk tophat 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.
Billy De Wolfe ... Professor Hinkle (voice)
Jackie Vernon ... Frosty the Snowman (voice)
Paul Frees ... Santa Claus / Traffic Cop / Additional Voices (voice)
June Foray ... Teacher / Karen / Additional Voices (voice)
I grew up with frosty i would look forward to watching this one every year even now. i think it really captures what Xmas is all about. Lol has a kid frosty meant more to me then Santa did so thats the type of effect this show had on me back then.
Its funny how even after all these years it doesn't really show its age other then the lack of computers in the classroom. I want to know what other cartoon can make you cry over snow.
There's also a Frosty Returns but it lacks in so many areas that its not even worth watching my opinion though i now others love it just has much has This one.
To sum it all up frosty is one of the all time Xmas shows to date
Narrated terrifically by Jimmy Durante, the story opens at school where it's the last day and the teacher has hired a magician: Professor Hinkle (Billy DeWolfe), the worst magician in the world.
He throws his hat at the garbage can and misses, from inside a rabbit pops up and hops off with it. Soon all the kids go play outside in the snow. They build a snowman. They give him a corn cob pipe, a button nose, and two eyes made out of coal. The rabbit shows up with the hat and they put it on the snowman, which they had named Frosty. Other names for it would've been Christopher Columbus or Oatmeal. When the hat was placed on his head, he came to life! But Professor Hinkle snatched his hat back, so Frosty became inanimate again. The rabbit, Hocus Pocus, hopped with the hat back to the children and they put it back on Frosty's head and he came to life
again. Frosty (Jackie Vernon) could walk, speak, juggle, and count to at least five. He suddenly realizes the temprature is rising so he'll melt soon. The only place he'd never melt is the North Pole, so the children, lead by Karen, agree to get him there. They go into
town and have a run-in with a traffic cop, but he let's Frosty off
because he just came to life. When they can't afford a train ticket, they decide to stow aboard the train in a refrigerated box car. Frosty and Hocus get in, so does Karen. So they take off for the north, with Professor Hinkle right behind them. On the trip, Karen nearly freezes in the boxcar, so the three trek across the snow for a while. The woodland animals build a fire and Frosty and Karen have a run-in with Professor Hinkle again, but since Frosty was made out of snow, he's the fastest belly whopper in the world, so they zoom down a hill and walk into a poinsetia greenhouse and get trapped by Hinkle. Santa Claus comes to the rescue, but Frosty has already melted. But with a touch of Christmas snow, Frosty resurrects and Santa tells Hinkle that if he goes home and writes "I'm very sorry for what I did to Frosty" a hundred zillion times, there'll be something in his
stocking on Christmas. So in Santa's sleigh, they drop Karen at home, and then Frosty the Snowman had to hurry on his way, but he waved goodbye, saying "don't you cry", I'll be back someday! This and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are my favorite Christmas specials. Sadly, Jimmy Durante, Billy DeWolfe, and Jackie Vernon have died. But they'll be remembered mostly for their talents in this movie.
Jimmy Durante's final film (not counting documentaries and one short film appearance).
Voice actress June Foray was cast for both Karen and the Teacher and had recorded vocals for both characters. However, only her recordings for the Teacher made it into the final special as another actress was called in to replace Foray's Karen, for reasons that even Foray herself to this day does not know. No changes were made to the credits, so the actual voice actress we hear as Karen remains unknown and uncredited. Foray's Karen can be heard on the Rhino Records soundtrack.