Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 22: Frosty the Snowman

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You know I love me some Rankin Bass. These Christmas specials defined my childhood right up there with the Mighty Ducks films. They are must watches every Christmas. Today I watched Frosty the Snowman. It’s like Jack where a snowman comes to life. Frosty doesn’t kill people or is Batman though. This Rankin Bass special is a little different since it isn’t claymation like the others. This one is done in animation. It’s not quite as cool because of that, but it’s still a solid effort.

The Plot

A bunch of kids are building a snowman on the first snow of the season which fell on Christmas Eve. Karen, the main girl, decides to call him Frosty after bad names like Howard and Oatmeal. An evil magician, Professor Hinkle, is not a very good magician so he throws his hat out. The kids put the hat on Frosty and he comes to life. “Happy birthday!” That’s what Frosty says when he comes to life. He says it every time in every Frosty special except for that horrid Frosty Returns. The magician takes the hat back,but his rabbit named Hocus Pocus gives it back to the kids. Frosty is back alive and he’s all singing and dancing. It’s fun! It’s getting hot though so he has to go to the North Pole. They jump on a train and for some reason Frosty makes Karen go with him. Hocus Pocus also goes. Karen gets too cold and Frosty has to make her warm. That damn Hinkle is still causing trouble though. He locks Frosty in a greenhouse and that melts him. Karen is sad and cries over Frosty the Puddle. Hocus Pocus has recruited Santa Claus to help out. Paul Frees is voicing our Santa in this special. It gets confusing sometimes since there are different Santa voice actors in Rankin Bass like Mickey Rooney. Santa just opens up the door and Frosty comes back to life since Christmas snow magic or something. Santa forces Professor Hinkle to write why he shouldn’t be bad or else he won’t get presents. Santa takes Karen home and he takes Frosty to the North Pole. That’s okay because Frosty will be back again some day. He’s got a sequel, a crossover and a crappy John Goodman not really a sequel to come back for when he returns.

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Final Thoughts

I actually fell asleep a little bit, but that’s just from me being tired. I still enjoy watching the film. I love the cop who swallows his whistle. I love Hinkle saying, “Messy, messy, messy.” The song is always wonderful to hear. I love Jackie Vernon as Frosty the Snowman. Jimmy Durante is great as the narrator. It’s just a magical special. It really brings me into the Christmas spirit even if I fell asleep watching it this time. Go watch it if you haven’t this holiday season!

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 4: Jack Frost (1997)

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In 1998, a nice family film starring Beetlejuice Batman Michael Keaton came out where he died and became a snowman. It’s a touching tale about a boy and his father. I think. It’s been forever since I’ve watched it. The Jack Frost film that came out a year before had nothing to do with that at all. It’s about a snowman that murders people. It’s easy to get the two confused. 

The Plot

Jack Frost (Yes, that’s his actual name) is a murderer who has killed a shitload of people before the town sheriff caught him. Jack vows revenge on the good sheriff. While they are taking Jack to jail or something, the truck crashes with a tanker that has like radioactive material or something. It makes Jack Frost into an evil snowman. The snowman can make himself water, ice, or whatever it damn well pleases. He spends most of the film killing the people in town. He even rapes Shannon Elizabeth in the bathtub. He does all this while delivering corny one liners. In the end, they defeat him with antifreeze…or maybe not. Cliffhanger endings! Woo! 

Analysis

I enjoy the low budget special effects of the film. The snowman is pretty hilarious and I love how it shows up in different places. The acting isn’t too great and that is to be expected in a film like this. I do enjoy the guy playing Jack Frost. His one liners are hit and miss but he provides excitement to the role. I would say he is easily the best actor in the film. Michael Keaton would have a tough job overcoming that performance. 

Final Thoughts

I wish I did a running commentary on this film like I did for some of my Halloween reviews this year. I will say that the film gets a bit boring since Jack is killing off characters we don’t care about. I’d say the sheriff is the only likable guy, but even he’s pretty boring. I spaced out of the last half hour of the film. I might recommend it for a few laughs, but I wouldn’t tell you to go out of your way to watch it.