Frosty the Snowman is a 1969 animated Christmas television special based on the song "Frosty the Snowman". The program, which first aired on December 7, 1969 on CBS (where it still airs to this day), was produced for television by Rankin/Bass Productions and featured the voices of comedians Jimmy Durante as the film's narrator (Durante's final performance in a film) and Jackie Vernon as the title character.
Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass wanted to give the show and its characters the look of a Christmas card, so Paul Coker, Jr., a greeting card and Mad magazine artist, was hired to do the character and background drawings. The animation was produced by Mushi Production in Japan, with then-Mushi staffer Osamu Dezaki among the animation staff.
Rankin/Bass veteran writer Romeo Muller adapted and expanded the story for television as he had done with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
TV Guide ranked the special number 4 on its 10 Best Family Holiday Specials list.
A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.
|Frosty||Jackie Vernon||Roberto Carrillo|
|Karen||June Foray||Rocío Garcel|
|Professor Hinkle||Billy De Wolfe||José Luis Castañeda|
|Hocus Pocus||Paul Frees||Yamil Atala|
|Santa Claus||Paul Frees||Francisco Colmenero|
|Boy A||June Foray||Ruth Toscano|
|Boy B||June Foray||Yamil Atala|
|Boy C||June Foray|
|Girl||June Foray||Norma Iturbe|
|Little Boy||June Foray||Cristina Hernández|
|Ticket Man||Paul Frees||Eduardo Borja|
|Police Officer||Paul Frees||Salvador Delgado|
|Teacher||June Foray||Carmen Donna-Dío|
|Narrator||Jimmy Durante||Arturo Mercado|