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{{character|image=Frostythesnowman-character.jpg|performer=[[Jackie Vernon]]|appear=''[[Frosty the Snowman]]''<br>''[[Frosty's Winter Wonderland]]''<br>''[[Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July]]''}}
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[[Image:Frosty-july.jpg|frame|A stop-motion puppet Frosty as he's seen in ''[[Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July]]''.]]
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|performer = {{w|Jackie Vernon}}<br />[[John Goodman]]<br />{{w|Bill Faggerbakke}}<br />{{w|Clancy Brown}}
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|appear = ''[[Frosty the Snowman]]''<br>''[[Frosty's Winter Wonderland]]''<br>''[[Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July]]''<br>''[[A Magic Kingdom Yuletide Special]]''<br>''[[Frosty Returns]]''<br>"[[A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas]]" <small>(cameo)</small><br>''[[The Legend of Frosty the Snowman]]''<br>''[[Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!]]'' <small>(cameo)</small>
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{{Quote|Happy birthday!|The Rankin/Bass character's signature phrase}}
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'''Frosty''' is the title character of the beloved [[Christmas]] song "[[Frosty the Snowman (song)|Frosty the Snowman]]", and a featured character in multiple Christmas stories, most notably a few [[Rankin/Bass]] specials.
   
'''Frosty''' is the title character in the beloved Christmas song "Frosty the Snowman," and the star of multiple [[Rankin/Bass]] specials. Frosty was built by a group of kids, including [[Karen]], during a break from school. The wind blows the hat of [[Professor Hinkle]] onto Frosty's head, and suddenly the snowman comes to life, with a cheerful "Happy Birthday!" Frosty is good-natured and playful, but also somewhat naive due to his relative youth (having just been "born"). He is unable to count above four.
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==Rankin/Bass appearances==
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At the beginning of [[Frosty the Snowman|the original 1969 special]], Frosty is built by [[Karen]] and her friends right after school has closed for Christmas vacation. The wind blows the hat of [[Professor Hinkle]] onto Frosty's head, and suddenly the snowman comes to life, saying his cheerful catch phrase, "Happy birthday!" Frosty is good-natured and playful, but also somewhat naive due to his relative youth (having just been "born"). He is unable to count above five and is the world's fastest belly-whopper.
   
Frosty has two physical weaknesses: the tendency to melt in warm weather, and the tophat, without which he becomes another inanimate snowman. In the first ''[[Frosty the Snowman]]'' special, these worries are easily remedied: Professor Hinkle's attempts to retrieve the hat are foiled, and [[Santa Claus]] revives the melted Frosty, and takes him to the North Pole.
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Frosty has two physical weaknesses: the tendency to melt in warm weather, and the hat, without which he becomes another inanimate snowman. (However, when Frosty gets startled by the [[Traffic Cop]] and later by the ticket man, his hat briefly jumps off of his head. Also, in ''Frosty's Winter Wonderland'', he is shown lifting his hat off of his head twice.) Karen and her friends offer to help Frosty get to the one place where he could never melt - the North Pole. However, Professor Hinkle chases after Frosty and Karen, trying to steal his hat back, and eventually traps them in a greenhouse full of Christmas poinsettias when Frosty takes Karen inside to warm up due to how cold she had gotten. Fortunately, [[Santa Claus]] manages to revive the melted Frosty by letting in a December wind and afterwards takes him to the North Pole.
   
Frosty promised to be back again one day, however, and in ''[[Frosty's Winter Wonderland]]'', he fulfills his promise; the character design is only slightly altered from his original appearance, primarily the addition of a scarf. As much as he enjoys playing with the kids, Frosty becomes lonely when they return to their homes. To remedy this, the kids construct a snow-woman, who Frosty names [[Crystal]]. She comes to life when Frosty presents her with a bouquet of flowers, a gift of love. Despite the interference of [[Jack Frost (character)|Jack Frost]], who attempts to steal the hat out of jealousy, the couple are wed by a snow parson (and Jack is mollified when asked to serve as best man).
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[[File:FrostyInWinterWonderland.jpg|thumb|250px|Frosty as he appears in ''Frosty's Winter Wonderland''.]]
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Frosty promised to be back again someday, and in ''[[Frosty's Winter Wonderland]]'', he fulfills his promise. The character's design is only slightly altered from his original appearance, primarily the addition of a scarf. As much as he enjoys playing with the kids, Frosty becomes lonely when they have to return to their homes. To remedy this, the kids construct a snow-woman, who Frosty names [[Crystal]]. She comes to life when Frosty presents her with a bouquet of flowers, a gift of love. Despite the interference of [[Jack Frost (character)|Jack Frost]], who attempts to steal Frosty's hat out of jealousy, the couple are wed by a snow parson (and Jack is mollified when asked to serve as best man).
   
A stop-motion version of Frosty appears in ''[[Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July]]''. By now, he and Crystal have two snow children, [[Chilly and Milly]] (the means by which snow people procreate is ignored; possibly, they simply built their own children out of snow). In this production, Frosty is the best friend of [[Rudolph]], who serves as adoptive uncle to the children. Frosty accompanies Rudolph to an unnamed American town in the summer, protected by the evil [[Winterbolt|Winterbolt's]] amulet. The pair generally enjoy their time performing with [[Lily Lorraine|Lily Lorraine's]] circus. When Rudolph is framed for a crime he didn't commit, Frosty comes to his friend's aide, offering to sacrifice his life in exchange for helping Rudolph and protecting his family. Winterbolt betrays him, but Rudolph is able to retrieve the hat. To celebrate, Frosty and Rudolph sing a variation of "[[We're a Couple of Misfits]]" (from the original ''[[Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Rankin/Bass)|Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer]]'' special. The Frosty family eventually does melt, but is brought back to life by Jack Frost, and they return to the North Pole with Santa.
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[[File:Frosty-july.jpg|thumb|250px|Frosty in stop-motion form, as seen in ''[[Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July]]''.]]
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Frosty later appeared in stop-motion animation in the movie ''[[Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July]]''. By now, he and Crystal have two snow children, [[Chilly and Milly]] (the means by which snow people procreate is ignored; possibly, they simply built their own children out of snow). In this production, Frosty is best friends with [[Rudolph (Rankin/Bass character)|Rudolph]], who serves as adoptive uncle to the children. Frosty and his family accompany Rudolph to [[Lilly Loraine]]'s Circus by the Sea in Florida, protected by magic amulets provided by the evil [[Winterbolt]], so they can help Rudolph's friend, [[Milton]] the Ice Cream Man, with saving [[Lanie Loraine|his girlfriend]]'s mother's circus from foreclosure.
   
==Other versions==
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The pair generally enjoy their time performing with the circus, in spite of Frosty's worries that they may not make it back to the North Pole by the time the amulets wear off. But when Rudolph is tricked by [[Scratcher]] into giving the circus's money to [[Sam Spangles]] and his nose's light goes out as a result, Frosty comes to his friend's aide, offering to sacrifice his life in exchange for helping Rudolph and protecting his family by giving up his magic hat to Winterbolt. The evil wizard betrays him, but Rudolph is able to retrieve the hat, along with the circus money. To celebrate, Frosty and Rudolph sing a variation of "[[We're a Couple of Misfits]]" (from the original ''[[Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Rankin/Bass)|Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer]]'' special). Frosty and his family eventually do melt after Winterbolt is destroyed, but they are brought back to life by Jack Frost, and they return to the North Pole with Santa.
''[[Frosty Returns]]'', a semi unofficial sequel to the original Rankin/Bass special, features [[John Goodman]] as the voice of Frosty, who this time concerns himself with the effects of environmental pollution.
 
   
''[[The Legend of Frosty the Snowman]]'' features [[Bill Fagerbakke]] as Frosty in the 2005 TV special.
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===Appearances in other Christmas media===
   
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[[File:Frosty the Snowman through years.png|thumb|250px|The evolution of Rankin/Bass' Frosty.]]
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The Rankin/Bass version of Frosty made a guest appearance in the comic strip ''[[wikipedia:FoxTrot|FoxTrot]]'', in a storyline that ran from December 16-21, 1996 (reprinted in the collection ''Come Closer, Roger, There's a Mosquito on Your Nose''). Here, he appears in a dream of Paige's ("You were expecting [[wikipedia:Nightmare on Elm Street|Freddy Krueger]]?"), in which he takes her to the Land of Animated Christmas TV Specials to cheer her up when a hard homework assignment puts her through much stress. A later ''FoxTrot'' strip, published on December 5, 1998 (reprinted in ''Think iFruity''), has Jason watching the Rankin/Bass special and reacting to it as if he were watching a horror movie.
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A parody of the Rankin/Bass Frosty makes a brief cameo in "[[A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas]]", where he is quickly burned and melted by an irate Lois Griffin.
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''[[The Legend of Frosty the Snowman]]'' features [[wikipedia:Bill Fagerbakke|Bill Fagerbakke]] as the voice the Rankin/Bass version of Frosty. (Coincidentally, Bill Fagerbakke had previously voiced a parody of Frosty, played by [[Patrick Star]], in the ''[[Merry Nickmas (shorts)|Merry Nickmas]]'' short "[[Merry Nickmas (shorts)#Patrick the Snowman|Patrick the Snowman]]".)
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==Other versions==
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[[File:FrostyInPnFCV.jpg|thumb|250px|Frosty with [[Perry the Platypus]] in ''[[Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!]]'']]
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*[[The Walt Disney Company|Disney]] featured a costumed version of Frosty in the ''[[Magic Kingdom Yuletide Special]]''.
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*''[[Frosty Returns]]'', an unofficial semi-sequel to the original Rankin/Bass special, features [[wikipedia:John Goodman|John Goodman]] as the voice of Frosty, who this time concerns himself with the effects of environmental pollution.
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*Another parody version of Frosty, voiced by [[wikipedia:Clancy Brown|Clancy Brown]], appears in ''[[Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!]]'', as a snowman that [[Perry the Platypus]] brings to life while on his way to his agency's Christmas party. He says to Perry "Hello, Winter time is fun. Follow me!" and then walks off into the street and gets crushed by an offscreen truck. At the very end of the special, Perry fixes him back up, and he is about to walk into the street again, but this time decides against it when he sees a truck smash into a vegetable stand.
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Revision as of 12:08, November 6, 2019

Happy birthday!

— The Rankin/Bass character's signature phrase

Frosty is the title character of the beloved Christmas song "Frosty the Snowman", and a featured character in multiple Christmas stories, most notably a few Rankin/Bass specials.

Rankin/Bass appearances

At the beginning of the original 1969 special, Frosty is built by Karen and her friends right after school has closed for Christmas vacation. The wind blows the hat of Professor Hinkle onto Frosty's head, and suddenly the snowman comes to life, saying his cheerful catch phrase, "Happy birthday!" Frosty is good-natured and playful, but also somewhat naive due to his relative youth (having just been "born"). He is unable to count above five and is the world's fastest belly-whopper.

Frosty has two physical weaknesses: the tendency to melt in warm weather, and the hat, without which he becomes another inanimate snowman. (However, when Frosty gets startled by the Traffic Cop and later by the ticket man, his hat briefly jumps off of his head. Also, in Frosty's Winter Wonderland, he is shown lifting his hat off of his head twice.) Karen and her friends offer to help Frosty get to the one place where he could never melt - the North Pole. However, Professor Hinkle chases after Frosty and Karen, trying to steal his hat back, and eventually traps them in a greenhouse full of Christmas poinsettias when Frosty takes Karen inside to warm up due to how cold she had gotten. Fortunately, Santa Claus manages to revive the melted Frosty by letting in a December wind and afterwards takes him to the North Pole.

FrostyInWinterWonderland

Frosty as he appears in Frosty's Winter Wonderland.

Frosty promised to be back again someday, and in Frosty's Winter Wonderland, he fulfills his promise. The character's design is only slightly altered from his original appearance, primarily the addition of a scarf. As much as he enjoys playing with the kids, Frosty becomes lonely when they have to return to their homes. To remedy this, the kids construct a snow-woman, who Frosty names Crystal. She comes to life when Frosty presents her with a bouquet of flowers, a gift of love. Despite the interference of Jack Frost, who attempts to steal Frosty's hat out of jealousy, the couple are wed by a snow parson (and Jack is mollified when asked to serve as best man).

Frosty-july

Frosty in stop-motion form, as seen in Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July.

Frosty later appeared in stop-motion animation in the movie Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July. By now, he and Crystal have two snow children, Chilly and Milly (the means by which snow people procreate is ignored; possibly, they simply built their own children out of snow). In this production, Frosty is best friends with Rudolph, who serves as adoptive uncle to the children. Frosty and his family accompany Rudolph to Lilly Loraine's Circus by the Sea in Florida, protected by magic amulets provided by the evil Winterbolt, so they can help Rudolph's friend, Milton the Ice Cream Man, with saving his girlfriend's mother's circus from foreclosure.

The pair generally enjoy their time performing with the circus, in spite of Frosty's worries that they may not make it back to the North Pole by the time the amulets wear off. But when Rudolph is tricked by Scratcher into giving the circus's money to Sam Spangles and his nose's light goes out as a result, Frosty comes to his friend's aide, offering to sacrifice his life in exchange for helping Rudolph and protecting his family by giving up his magic hat to Winterbolt. The evil wizard betrays him, but Rudolph is able to retrieve the hat, along with the circus money. To celebrate, Frosty and Rudolph sing a variation of "We're a Couple of Misfits" (from the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer special). Frosty and his family eventually do melt after Winterbolt is destroyed, but they are brought back to life by Jack Frost, and they return to the North Pole with Santa.

Appearances in other Christmas media

Frosty the Snowman through years

The evolution of Rankin/Bass' Frosty.

The Rankin/Bass version of Frosty made a guest appearance in the comic strip FoxTrot, in a storyline that ran from December 16-21, 1996 (reprinted in the collection Come Closer, Roger, There's a Mosquito on Your Nose). Here, he appears in a dream of Paige's ("You were expecting Freddy Krueger?"), in which he takes her to the Land of Animated Christmas TV Specials to cheer her up when a hard homework assignment puts her through much stress. A later FoxTrot strip, published on December 5, 1998 (reprinted in Think iFruity), has Jason watching the Rankin/Bass special and reacting to it as if he were watching a horror movie.

A parody of the Rankin/Bass Frosty makes a brief cameo in "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas", where he is quickly burned and melted by an irate Lois Griffin.

The Legend of Frosty the Snowman features Bill Fagerbakke as the voice the Rankin/Bass version of Frosty. (Coincidentally, Bill Fagerbakke had previously voiced a parody of Frosty, played by Patrick Star, in the Merry Nickmas short "Patrick the Snowman".)

Other versions

FrostyInPnFCV

Frosty with Perry the Platypus in Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!

  • Disney featured a costumed version of Frosty in the Magic Kingdom Yuletide Special.
  • Frosty Returns, an unofficial semi-sequel to the original Rankin/Bass special, features John Goodman as the voice of Frosty, who this time concerns himself with the effects of environmental pollution.
  • Another parody version of Frosty, voiced by Clancy Brown, appears in Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!, as a snowman that Perry the Platypus brings to life while on his way to his agency's Christmas party. He says to Perry "Hello, Winter time is fun. Follow me!" and then walks off into the street and gets crushed by an offscreen truck. At the very end of the special, Perry fixes him back up, and he is about to walk into the street again, but this time decides against it when he sees a truck smash into a vegetable stand.

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