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When I was a little girl, my family had one television set. On a clear, non-windy day, we might get three television stations if the antenna was leaning just right for optimum reception. Our viewing choices were obviously limited, and television specials, especially Christmas specials, were a rare treat. I guess that is why “Frosty the Snowman” was such a beloved movie for children and adults alike. Frosty became our holiday friend, and no Christmas was complete without welcoming this “jolly, happy soul” into our living rooms.
Frosty the Snowman first aired on television on December 7, 1969. The movie was based off of the song “Frosty the Snowman” which was first recorded by Gene Autry in 1950 and recorded later by Jimmy Durante. Durante also narrated the Christmas special, Frosty the Snowman which has aired every Christmas season since its debut in 1969. Actress June Foray was the original voice of the character, Karen. June Foray went on to do the voice of Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Foray’s voice was later replaced by an unknown actress.
The creators of Frosty the Snowman wanted the movie to have a look that was unique and different from other Christmas movies. They hired greeting card artist named Paul Coker, Jr. to create a film background that resembled a greeting card. Coker drew all the backgrounds and character drawings that were used in the movie.
One cute error that might be overlooked when watching Frosty is the scene where he is counting his fingers. He usually only has four fingers until the moment he begins counting, and when suddenly a fifth finger appears. He is magical, after all!
After the success of Frosty the Snowman, there was a sequel entitled Frosty Returns; however, it was not produced by the original creators of Frosty the Snowman. None of the original voice actors appear in the return, Frosty can survive without his top hat, and there is no mention of Christmas in the movie. Many fans do not consider this a true sequel.
Goose Creek Candles recognizes the value of an old family friend, and they brought him back to life in their new “Welcome Frosty” candle. In honor of this jolly, happy soul they have combined a base soft coconut, vanilla, and sandal wood, and a middle layer of butter cream, soft peach, and gentle spices. Frosty’s top hat is layer of vanilla marshmallow and buttercream vanilla. This candle is like a welcome guest for the holiday season.