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Frosty the Snowman is an animated Christmas special that premiered on CBS on December 7, 1969, and has aired on the network annually since then. This special, written by Romeo Muller and produced and directed by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass, is based on the holiday song of the same name that was originally written by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson and first performed by Gene Autry in the 1940s. It is Rankin/Bass's second most prominent special to be aired on broadcast channels, behind Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. One December afternoon, a school girl named Karen and her friends create a snowman after school. After several suggestions of what to call their snowman, Karen decides to name him Frosty. They then acquire a top hat discarded by inept magician Professor Hinkle. When Karen places it on top of Frosty's head, the snowman comes to life. Hinkle, learning of the magic power his hat actually possesses, takes it back and departs, pretending that he did not see Frosty come to life. However, the professor's pet rabbit, Hocus Pocus, returns the hat to Frosty. Frosty soon senses the temperature is rising, though, and worries about melting. The children suggest putting him on the next train to the North Pole, where he will never melt. (more)
- Actor/singer René Auberjonois died on December 8th at the age of 79. Best known for the role of Father Mulcahy in the original M*A*S*H movie, he also portrayed Sumner in The Christmas Star and Ned in A Smoky Mountain Christmas, and also voiced the evil stranger in The Smurfs' Christmas Special and Leonard McLeish in the 2010s Pound Puppes animated series (including its Christmas episode).
- Caroll Spinney, who performed as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street from its debut up until his retirement last year, died at the age of 85 on December 8th.
- CBS Corporation and Viacom officially reunited into a single company known as ViacomCBS on December 4th.
- The Walt Disney Company has officially launched their own streaming service, Disney+, which features numerous Christmas movies and episodes from the Disney and 20th Century Fox libraries, including the all-new exclusive movie Noelle.
- The Jim Henson Company has announced that they are producing a remake of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, to be scripted by songwriter Bret McKenzie (who wrote the songs for the last two Muppet movies).
- Actor Bill Macy died at the age of 97 on October 17th. Best known for his role as Walter Findlay in Maude (including its Christmas episodes), he also played Doo-Dah in Surviving Christmas and Ernie in The Holiday.
- DreamWorks Animation has announced that their latest Christmas special, How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming, is premiering simultaneously on DVD and on NBC on December 3rd.
- Legendary comedian Rip Taylor, whose movie credits included a cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and voicing the Venus flytrap in A Flintstones' Christmas Carol, died at the age of 85 on October 6th.
- Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress who was best known as Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty and its spin-off The Colbys, and who also appeared in The Star Wars Holiday Special, died at age 84 on October 4th.
- Animation producer and director Alan Zaslove died on October 3rd at the age of 92. Best known for producing and directing some of the Disney Afternoon shows of the 1980s and 90s, he was also an animator on A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Night Before Christmas (the 1968 version), and A Chipmunk Christmas, and later directed for several Hanna-Barbera shows in the 1980s, such as the syndicated revival of The Jetsons (including its Christmas episode).
- Eddie Money, the classic rock legend who sang "Everybody Loves Christmas" in The Santa Clause 2, died at age 70 on September 13th.
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- Day 1: In The Holiday, which Hans Zimmer composition is used for the Blockbuster scene?
- Day 2: According to Princess Crystal, which character from In Search of Santa is considered "a brilliant inventor"?
- Day 3: Which Pixar film was Olaf's Frozen Adventure originally shown in theaters with?
- Day 4: What was Grandmother Turtle's real name in the flashback sequence from Franklin's Magic Christmas?
- Day 5: In The Bear, why does the polar bear pick up Tilly's teddy bear before escaping the zoo?
- Day 6: What is the title of the song that replaced "We're a Couple of Misfits" in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from 1965 to 1998?
- Day 7: In Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales, what song does Snoopy play on his accordion before switching to "Christmas Time is Here"?
- Day 8: In the Rugrats episode "The Santa Experience", what items did Phil and Lil trade to Angelica in exchange for their gifts for each other?
- Day 9: Which was the first Rankin/Bass Christmas special to feature Jack Frost as a character?
- Day 10: What song do Minnie, Goofy, and Donald sing at the end of Pluto's Christmas Tree?
- Day 11: Dave Foley, who voiced Wayne in the Prep & Landing specials, is also known for voicing which Pixar protagonist?
- Day 12: Who does Bugs Bunny get an unexpected Christmas Eve visit from in the Looney Tunes short Fright Before Christmas?
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