Alright, as far as 1960’s animated classics go I would have to say that Frosty the Snowman really doesn’t stack up when compared to others, like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer , How the Grinch Stole Christmas or Charlie Brown Christmas. I am all for supernatural events bringing a snowman to life, but there is just so much to be desired from a story perspective. Although I guess I do not know what I should expect after all, it is a movie derived from a simple Christmas jingle right?
A discarded magic top hat brings to life the snowman that a group of children made, until a magician, professor Hinkle, wants it back, and the temperature starts to rise. Frosty will melt or no longer be a jolly soul, if the kids cannot get him away from Hinkle and warm weather, so he hops a train to the North Pole with young Karen.
And honestly, you are probably tied of me saying this but I do remember liking this movie a lot when I was younger, but it just isn’t the same watching it as an adult. I question the story far too much rather than just mindlessly enjoying the ride. Like, sure, as a kid i disliked the crappy magician Professor Hinkle just like any other kid, but as an adult I just think “Shit, that guy probably hates his life and the kids don’t do much more to make it any better.” I mean how would you feel if you were a person attempting to be a magician only to fail at ever turn and then the one time you throw away your hat you find out that it is actually magic? I am guessing that you would react pretty much the same way!
Frosty is also just a bit to…well… perfect for my taste. He wakes up and is perfectly kind and altruistic and has a perfect handle on the world? Get real.
Yup… I am officially a bitter old man now…
Oh well, this is a fairly short review because there really isn’t a lot to say. The story is extremely simple– listen to the song and you have a pretty deep grasp as to what happens in the movie. Magician drops hat, hat goes on Frosty’s head, he comes to life leads the kids on a fun adventure through town but realized that he needs to head north if he wants to survive. That’s it. Oh and you have Prof Hinkle stalking a child the entire movie, but Santa blackmails him… as Santa often does… in his jolly old Christmas ways.
So if you’re a family, I might recommend putting this on for your kids as you prepare to eggnog or some delicious turkey for the holiday rather than sit through, what I think is, a bore of a film for adults. Kids will love it, I did, Frosty is awesome and we all wanted are snowmen to come to life when we were kids right? It just doesn’t translate well for adults.