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Frosty the snowman

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Frosty The Snowman (1953, released in 1954) [Click HQ for HD] The first and original animated musical short. A black and white film classic. Directed by Robert Cannon (Bob) and produced for Hill & Range Songs by UPA (United Productions of America), a studio comprised of animation veterans with a new approach to cartoons, which focused on contemporary design and stylized movement Eventually come of their most famous cinematic creations were Mr. Magoo and Dick Tracy.

Frosty the Snow-man … was a jolly happy soul!

This was the very first animated take on the classic holiday tune “Frosty the Snowman,” pre-dating the Rankin-Bass TV special of the same name by 15 years. Featuring a remixed version of the original song.

“Frosty the Snowman” is a popular song written by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. It was written after the success of Autry’s recording of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the previous year; Rollins and Nelson shipped the new song to Autry, who recorded “Frosty” in search of another seasonal hit. Like “Rudolph”, “Frosty” was subsequently adapted to other media including a popular television special. The song was originally titled “Frosty the Snow Man”.

Gene Autry version ► http://bit.ly/GeneFrosty

The song is about a snowman who came to life by some magical hat some children found; he then had playful adventures before he “hurried on his way.” These included games, sports, and other jolly things. Near the end of their adventures together, the children are saddened by Frosty having to hurry on his way for the last time. However, Frosty reassures them by exclaiming, “I’ll be back again some day.” (Some versions of the song change the last line to “on Christmas Day!”) It has been covered by many artists over the years, including Gene Autry, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, The Jackson 5, The Ronettes, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Larry Groce, Ray Conniff, the Cocteau Twins, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Beach Boys, Leon Redbone with Dr. John, Jimmy Durante, Red Foley, Kimberley Locke, Connie Talbot , Burt Reynolds, The Canadian Brass and countless others.

In 1953, (released in 1954), the UPA studio brought “Frosty” to life in a three-minute animated short film which appeared regularly on TV. This production included a bouncy, jazzy version of the song. It has been a perennial television Christmas classic, and was frequently broadcast in December children’s programming retrospectives, along with their two other short Christmas classics, “Suzy Snowflake” and “Hardrock, Coco and Joe”.

In 1969, the Rankin-Bass company produced a thirty-minute animated television special of Frosty the Snowman that featured the voices of comedians Jimmy Durante as narrator and Jackie Vernon as the title character. Two sequels were produced, Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (based upon the song Winter Wonderland) in 1976 and Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July in 1979, followed by The Legend of Frosty the Snowman many years later, in 2005. A derivative work, Frosty Returns, was broadcast on CBS in 1992.

Song Lyrics:

Frosty the Snowman,
was a jolly happy soul,
with a corncob pipe and a button nose,
and two eyes made of coal.

Frosty the Snowman,
is a fairytale, they say.
He was made of snow,
but the children know
how he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in
that old silk they found,
for when they placed it on his head,
he began to dance around!

Oh, Frosty, the Snowman,
was alive as he could be;
and the children say
he could laugh and play,
just the same as you and me.

Frosty, clumsy as he can be
see him lopping along!
Off he goes on an icicle spree
with a happy song!

Frosty the Snowman,
knew the sun was hot that day,
so he said, “Let’s run, and we’ll have some fun,
now, before I melt away.”

Down to the village,
with a broomstick in his hand,
Runnin’ here and there,
all around the square,
sayin’, “Catch me if you can.”

He led them down the streets of town,
right to the traffic cop . . .
and only paused a moment,
when he heard him holler, “Stop!”

Hmm, Frosty the Snowman,
had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye, sayin’ “Don’t you cry,
I’ll be back again some day.”

Thumpety, thump thump, thumpety, thump thump . . .
look at Frosty go!
Thumpety, thump thump, thumpety, thump thump . . .
over the hills of snow!

Words and Music by Steve Nelson
and Jack Rollins, 1950

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/XmasFLIX

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