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{{Italic title|''Jack Frost'' (Rankin/Bass)}}
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{{title|image=Jackfrostlogo.gif|director=[[Arthur Rankin, Jr.]]<br>& [[Jules Bass]]|writer=[[Romeo Muller]]|release=December 13, 1979|runtime=48 minutes|available=VHS<br>DVD<br>[http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewMovie?id=372956635&s=143441 iTunes]<br>[https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SHU99U/ Amazon Instant Video]}}
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'''''Jack Frost''''' is an animated television special, produced & directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. and written by Romeo Muller; it premiered on NBC on December 13, 1979. The special is narrated by [[Pardon-Me-Pete]], a groundhog voiced by {{w|Buddy Hackett}}.
|writer=[[Romeo Muller]]
 
|release=December 13, 1979
 
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'''Jack Frost''' is a 1979 stop-motion animated special produced by Rankin/Bass. The special is narrated by [[Pardon-Me-Pete]], a groundhog voiced by [[Wikipedia:Buddy Hackett|Buddy Hackett]].
 
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
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{{spoiler}}[[File:Jackfrost4.gif|thumb|250px|Papa and Mama look in horror at Kubla Kraus.]]
[[File:Jackfrost4.gif|thumb|250px|Papa and Mama look in horror at Kubla Kraus.]]
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Jack Frost, an immortal winter sprite, falls in love with a human girl named Elisa after rescuing her. Jack asks Father Winter if he can become human in order to be with her. Father Winter gives him a chance, but warns that Jack must prove he can succeed as a human, by earning a house, a horse, a bag of gold, and a wife by the first sign of spring; if not, he will become a sprite again. Jack agrees and turns human, assuming the identity of Jack Snip. He runs a tailor shop in the town of January Junction with two friends who also turned human, Snip the snowflake maker and Holly the holiday snow gypsy. Snip and Holly were sent by Father Winter to ensure Jack does not get into trouble (Snip bears similarities in skin tone and clothing to [[Snow Miser]]). Elisa is charmed by "''Jack Snip,''" but she harbors romantic dreams of Sir Raveneau, a "''knight in golden armor.''"
Jack Frost (voiced by Robert Morse), an immortal winter sprite, falls in love with a human girl named Elisa (voiced by Debra Clinger) after rescuing her. Jack asks Father Winter if he can become human in order to be with her. Father Winter (voiced by Paul Frees) gives him a chance, but warns that Jack must prove he can succeed as a human, by earning a house, a horse, a bag of gold, and a wife by the first sign of spring; if not, he will become a sprite again. Jack agrees and turns human, assuming the identity of Jack Snip. He runs a tailor shop in the town of January Junction with two friends who also turned human, Snip the snowflake maker (voiced by Don Messick) and Holly the holiday snow gypsy. Snip and Holly were sent by Father Winter to ensure Jack does not get into trouble (Snip bears similarities in skin tone and clothing to Snow Miser from The Year Without a Santa Claus and A Miser Brothers' Christmas). Elisa is charmed by "Jack Snip," but she harbors romantic dreams of Sir Raveneau, a "knight in golden armor."
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Elisa is kidnapped by the evil Cossack King Kubla Kraus, who has an army of Keh-Nights, as well as a menacing mechanical horse named Klangstumper. Kraus also possesses all the brick, gold, and timber that January Junction used to. He lives in a castle on Miserable Mountain with his sidekick, a ventriloquist's dummy named Dummy. After Elisa is rescued by a knight named Sir Raveneau, Kubla vows to destroy January Junction, and he imprisons Jack Snip, Snip, and Holly. Jack decides to become a sprite again in order to whip up the biggest snow storm ever seen, freezing Kraus in his castle. Snip and Holly change back to sprites as well. This tactic works until Groundhog Day comes. Jack Frost uses his shadow to scare Pete back to hibernation, and continues whipping up the storm.
   
 
[[File:Jackfrost14.gif|thumb|250px|Pardon-Me-Pete and Jack.]]
 
[[File:Jackfrost14.gif|thumb|250px|Pardon-Me-Pete and Jack.]]
Elisa is kidnapped by the evil Cossack King Kubla Kraus (voiced by Paul Frees), who has an army of robots called "Ka-Nights" as well as a menacing mechanical horse named Klangstomper. Kraus also possesses all the brick, gold, and timber that January Junction used to. He lives in a castle on Miserable Mountain with his sidekick, a ventriloquist's dummy (aptly named Dummy). After Elisa is rescued by a knight named Sir Raveneau, Kubla vows to destroy January Junction, and he imprisons Jack Snip, Snip, and Holly. Jack decides to become a sprite again in order to whip up the biggest snow storm ever seen, freezing Kraus in his castle. Snip and Holly change back to sprites as well. This tactic works until Groundhog Day comes. Jack Frost uses his shadow to scare Pete back to hibernation, and continues whipping up the storm. Finally, with only one hour left before the arrival of spring, Jack returns to human form in an attempt to meet Father Winter's conditions and win Elisa. He battles Kubla Kraus which ends with him falling out of his castle and blown very far by Father Winter. Jack then claims the gold, the mechanical horse, and the castle. He races off to ask Elisa for her hand in marriage, but during his absence she has fallen in love with Sir Raveneau, and he with her. Jack becomes a sprite again for good, and blows ice onto Elisa's wedding bouquet, turning it white. When asked about the change, she sheds a tear, saying "An old friend just kissed the bride." Snip calls out to Jack that winter wouldn't be the same without him.
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Finally, with only one hour left before the arrival of spring, Jack returns to human form in an attempt to meet Father Winter's conditions and win Elisa. He battles Kubla Kraus which ends with him falling out of his castle and blown very far by Father Winter. Jack then claims the gold, Klangstumper, and the castle. He races off to ask Elisa for her hand in marriage, but during his absence she has fallen in love with Sir Raveneau, and he with her. Jack becomes a sprite again for good, and blows ice onto Elisa's wedding bouquet, turning it white. When asked about the change, she sheds a tear, saying "''An old friend just kissed the bride.''" Snip calls out to Jack that winter wouldn't be the same without him.
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==Songs==
 
==Songs==
*Me and My Shadow
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*[[Me and My Shadow]]
*The Christmas Song
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*[[The Christmas Song]]
*Jack Frost Is Here
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*[[Jack Frost is Here]]
*It's Lonely Being One of a Kind
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*[[It's Lonely Being One of a Kind]]
*There's the Rub
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*[[There's the Rub]]
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*[[She Is Beautiful]]
 
*[[Just What I Always Wanted]]
 
*[[Just What I Always Wanted]]
*I’ve Got A Day Named After Me, February 2
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*[[I've Got a Day Named After Me, February 2]]
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==Broadcast history==
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From the 1990s through 2017, ''Jack Frost'' was aired as a part of the annual [[25 Days of Christmas]] programming block on {{W|Freeform (TV channel)|Freeform}}. In its later years on the channel, Freeform used a rather choppily-made edit of the special that cut out bits of dialogue from most scenes, such as the scene where Jack decides to become human in order to pursue Elisa. The edit includes the songs [[There's the Rub]] & [[She Is Beautiful]], which in previous years were normally cut from the special for time constraints.
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As of 2018, the special's broadcast rights are now held by {{W|AMC (TV channel)|AMC}}, where it will be airing as part of their [[Best Christmas Ever]] programming event.
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==Availability==
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This film has been in the public domain since the mid-1990s and has been released on VHS and DVD multiple times. In the fall of 2008, however, {{w|Warner Home Video}} released it as a Deluxe Edition DVD. Since Warner Bros. own all of the original Rankin/Bass film materials of this show (as part of their ownership of Rankin/Bass' post-1973 output), it is considered to be an official version, and it is also the first time the film is displayed from a 35mm print (as opposed to the 16mm used by the public domain versions). The Deluxe Edition DVD disc was later included in Warner's ''Santa's Magical Stories'' box set in 2011 and again in the ''4 Kid Favorites: Holiday Family Fun Collection'' DVD set in 2013. It was reissued again as part of the ''4 Kid Favorites: Merry Menagerie'' box set in 2015.
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==Cast==
 
==Cast==
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{| class="wikitable"
| bgcolor="#CCCCCC" align=center | '''Voice actor'''
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! Voice actor/actress !! Character(s)
| bgcolor="#CCCCCC" align=center | '''Character'''
 
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|[[Wikipedia:Buddy Hackett|Buddy Hackett]] || Pardon-Me-Pete
 
 
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|Robert Morse || [[Jack Frost (character)|Jack Frost]]
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| {{W|Buddy Hackett}} || [[Pardon-Me-Pete]]
 
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|[[Wikipedia:Paul Frees|Paul Frees]] || [[Kubla Kraus]]/[[Father Winter]]
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| Robert Morse || [[Jack Frost (character)|Jack Frost]]
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| {{w|Paul Frees}} || [[Kubla Kraus]]<br />[[Father Winter]]
 
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|Larry Storch || Papa
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| Larry Storch || Papa
 
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|Dave Garroway || Groundhog Day Television Reporter
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| Dave Garroway || Groundhog Day Newsreporter
 
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|Debra Clinger || [[Elisa]]
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| Debra Clinger || [[Elisa]]
 
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|Don Messick || [[Snip]]
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| {{w|Don Messick}} || [[Snip]]
 
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|Dee Stratton || voice
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| Dee Stratton || Mama
 
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|Sonny Melendrez || voice
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| Sonny Melendrez || [[Sir Raveneau]]
 
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|Dina Lynn || voice
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| Dina Lynn || [[Holly (Jack Frost)|Holly]]
 
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==Notes==
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==External links==
*This is one of three Rankin/Bass specials that Jack Frost appears in. The other two are ''[[Frosty's Winter Wonderland]]'' and ''[[Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July]]''.
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* {{imdb title|0079357|Jack Frost}}
   
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Revision as of 10:58, June 29, 2019

Jack Frost is an animated television special, produced & directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. and written by Romeo Muller; it premiered on NBC on December 13, 1979. The special is narrated by Pardon-Me-Pete, a groundhog voiced by Buddy Hackett.

Synopsis

SPOILER: Plot details or story follow.
Jackfrost4

Papa and Mama look in horror at Kubla Kraus.

Jack Frost, an immortal winter sprite, falls in love with a human girl named Elisa after rescuing her. Jack asks Father Winter if he can become human in order to be with her. Father Winter gives him a chance, but warns that Jack must prove he can succeed as a human, by earning a house, a horse, a bag of gold, and a wife by the first sign of spring; if not, he will become a sprite again. Jack agrees and turns human, assuming the identity of Jack Snip. He runs a tailor shop in the town of January Junction with two friends who also turned human, Snip the snowflake maker and Holly the holiday snow gypsy. Snip and Holly were sent by Father Winter to ensure Jack does not get into trouble (Snip bears similarities in skin tone and clothing to Snow Miser). Elisa is charmed by "Jack Snip," but she harbors romantic dreams of Sir Raveneau, a "knight in golden armor."

Jack-frost-1979-04

Elisa is kidnapped by the evil Cossack King Kubla Kraus, who has an army of Keh-Nights, as well as a menacing mechanical horse named Klangstumper. Kraus also possesses all the brick, gold, and timber that January Junction used to. He lives in a castle on Miserable Mountain with his sidekick, a ventriloquist's dummy named Dummy. After Elisa is rescued by a knight named Sir Raveneau, Kubla vows to destroy January Junction, and he imprisons Jack Snip, Snip, and Holly. Jack decides to become a sprite again in order to whip up the biggest snow storm ever seen, freezing Kraus in his castle. Snip and Holly change back to sprites as well. This tactic works until Groundhog Day comes. Jack Frost uses his shadow to scare Pete back to hibernation, and continues whipping up the storm.

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Pardon-Me-Pete and Jack.

Finally, with only one hour left before the arrival of spring, Jack returns to human form in an attempt to meet Father Winter's conditions and win Elisa. He battles Kubla Kraus which ends with him falling out of his castle and blown very far by Father Winter. Jack then claims the gold, Klangstumper, and the castle. He races off to ask Elisa for her hand in marriage, but during his absence she has fallen in love with Sir Raveneau, and he with her. Jack becomes a sprite again for good, and blows ice onto Elisa's wedding bouquet, turning it white. When asked about the change, she sheds a tear, saying "An old friend just kissed the bride." Snip calls out to Jack that winter wouldn't be the same without him.

SPOILER: Plot details or story follow.

Songs

Broadcast history

From the 1990s through 2017, Jack Frost was aired as a part of the annual 25 Days of Christmas programming block on Freeform. In its later years on the channel, Freeform used a rather choppily-made edit of the special that cut out bits of dialogue from most scenes, such as the scene where Jack decides to become human in order to pursue Elisa. The edit includes the songs There's the Rub & She Is Beautiful, which in previous years were normally cut from the special for time constraints.

As of 2018, the special's broadcast rights are now held by AMC, where it will be airing as part of their Best Christmas Ever programming event.

Availability

This film has been in the public domain since the mid-1990s and has been released on VHS and DVD multiple times. In the fall of 2008, however, Warner Home Video released it as a Deluxe Edition DVD. Since Warner Bros. own all of the original Rankin/Bass film materials of this show (as part of their ownership of Rankin/Bass' post-1973 output), it is considered to be an official version, and it is also the first time the film is displayed from a 35mm print (as opposed to the 16mm used by the public domain versions). The Deluxe Edition DVD disc was later included in Warner's Santa's Magical Stories box set in 2011 and again in the 4 Kid Favorites: Holiday Family Fun Collection DVD set in 2013. It was reissued again as part of the 4 Kid Favorites: Merry Menagerie box set in 2015.

Cast

Voice actor/actress Character(s)
Buddy Hackett Pardon-Me-Pete
Robert Morse Jack Frost
Paul Frees Kubla Kraus
Father Winter
Larry Storch Papa
Dave Garroway Groundhog Day Newsreporter
Debra Clinger Elisa
Don Messick Snip
Dee Stratton Mama
Sonny Melendrez Sir Raveneau
Dina Lynn Holly

External links

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