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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 Buddy Hackett.

Synopsis

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Papa and Mama look in horror at Kubla Kraus.

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 (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.

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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, 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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Songs

  • Me and My Shadow
  • The Christmas Song
  • Jack Frost Is Here
  • It's Lonely Being One of a Kind
  • There's the Rub
  • Just What I Always Wanted
  • I’ve Got A Day Named After Me, February 2

Broadcast history and 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 Bros. re-released it. Since they own all of the original Rankin/Bass film materials of this show (as part of their ownership of Rankin/Bass' post-1973 output), this is considered to be an official version and is the first time the film is displayed from a 35 mm print as opposed to the 16 mm the public domain versions have used.


Cast

Voice actor Character
Buddy Hackett Pardon-Me-Pete
Robert Morse Jack Frost
Paul Frees Kubla Kraus/Father Winter
Larry Storch Papa
Dave Garroway Groundhog Day Television Reporter
Debra Clinger Elisa
Don Messick Snip
Dee Stratton voice
Sonny Melendrez voice
Dina Lynn voice

Notes

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