Frosty the Snowman (TV special)

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Frosty the Snowman is a 1969 animated Christmas television special based on the song "Frosty the Snowman" about a living snowman and a little girl who struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat. 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.

Jimmy Durante (Narrator)[edit]

  • I suppose it all started with the snow. You see, it was a very special kind of snow. A snow that made the happy happier and the giddy even giddier. A snow that made a homecoming homier and natural enemies friends. Naturally. For it was the first snow of the season. And as any child can tell you, there's a certain magic to the very first snow. Especially when it falls on the day before Christmas. For when the first snow is also a Christmas snow.... [laughs] .... Well, something wonderful is bound to happen.
  • [As Professor Hinkle walks through the town] Now, of course, the hat did belong to Frosty and the children. That point must be made very clear. Therefore, Hocus Pocus was entirely in the situation in what he was about to do.
  • [Last lines] And with Frosty the Snowman, Christmas was always very merry indeed. You have a merry Christmas, too.


  • [awakens for the 2nd time when Karen puts Hinkle's hat on his head] Happy birthday! Hey, I said my first words... But... but snowmen can't talk. [chuckles] Alright, c’mon now. What's the joke? Could, could I really be alive? I mean, I can make words, I can move, I can juggle, [one of Karen's schoolmates throws a few snowballs to him to let him juggle them] I can sweep, [sweeps the snow with a broom] I can count to 10. [counting his fingers] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, [mistaken counting] 9, 6, 8... [bit confused] Uh, well, I can count to 5. [laughs] What d’you know? I'm even ticklish. In fact, I'm all living. I am alive! What a neat thing to happen to a nice guy like me.
  • Hocus, you go back there with the animals, and when Santa comes, you bring him right here. Understand?
  • [repeated line] Happy birthday!
  • Stay in here much longer, and I'll REALLY make a splash in the world!
  • I'll be back on Christmas Day!
  • Are you cold, Karen? Now, that's a silly question. You wouldn't be sneezing if you weren't cold.


  • [Building a head for the snowman] The head is the most difficult part, ask anyone!
  • Look, the hat's back. Let's see if it'll make Frosty alive again.


  • [Smiling in his embarrassment to the kids as he cleans it up the egg from the floor] Messy, messy, messy.
  • [to Karen, trying to grab Hocus, who dodges his grip] Don't talk back to your elders, you.... you naughty, naughty little girl. [finally grabs Hocus' ears and stuffs him back into his top hat, to Hocus] And you, stay in there, or there'll be no carrots for Christmas.
  • [Hops under the train car, after Frosty, Karen and Hocus takes off to the North Pole; smiles evilly to himself] I must get that hat back. Think, nasty, think, nasty, think nasty. [laughs evilly]
  • [Thinking he'll get a new hat when he writes "I'm sorry for what I did to Frosty" a hundred zillion times after he realized his mistake] A new hat maybe? Oh, yes sir! Goodbye, everyone! Sorry to lose and run, but I've got to get busy writing. Busy, busy, busy!


[after completely build their snowman]
Boy#1: What will we call him?
Boy#2: Yeah, should we call him "Harold"?
Boy#3: Uh, "Bweoorf"?
Boy#2: Nah.
Girl: "Christopher Columbus"?
Karen: Oh, no.
Youngest boy: "Oatmeal"?
All kids: "Oatmeal"?
Karen: How about.... "Frosty"?
Boy#1: "Frosty"?
Boy#2: Yeah! "Frosty" it is! Frosty the Snowman.
[they cheer]

Frosty: Uh-oh...!
Karen: What's the matter, Frosty?
Frosty: Whew! Is there a thermometer around here?
Karen: Over there in the wall. Why?
Frosty: [sees the red line of the thermometer rises up for the weather's temperature] Oh, I was afraid of that. The thermometer's getting red. I hate red thermometers.
Karen: Why, Frosty?
Frosty: 'Cause when the thermometer gets all reddish, the temperature goes up. And when the temperature goes up, I start to melt! And when I start to melt, I get all wishy-washy.

Santa Claus: Too late? Why, nonsense. Oh, don't cry, Karen. Frosty's not gone for good. You see, he was made out of Christmas snow, and Christmas snow can never disappear completely. Oh, yet sometimes it goes away for almost a year at a time, and takes the form of spring and summer rain. However, you can bet your boots that when a good, jolly December wind kisses it, (chuckles) it’ll turn into Christmas snow all over again.
Karen: Yes, but... he was my friend.
Santa: Ho-ho-ho. Just watch. [Opens the greenhouse door to let a magic Christmas wind bring Frosty to life again, Hocus brings the magic hat]

Hinkle: Wait a minute! I want that hat, and I want it now!
Santa: [glares at Hinkle] Don't you dare touch the hat!
Hinkle: And just what are you going to do about it?
Santa: If you so much as lay a finger on the brim, I’ll never bring you another Christmas present as long as you live.
Hinkle: [traumatized] Never?
Santa: Never.
Hinkle: No more.... trick cards, or.... magic balls, or.... ?
Santa: No more anything.
Hinkle: Oh, that's not fair. [gives an empty can a light kick on the snow] I mean, we evil magicians have to make a living, too.
Santa: Now, you go home and write "I am very sorry for what I did to Frosty." 100-zillion times. And then maybe, just maybe, mind you, you'll find something in your stocking tomorrow morning.
Hinkle: [gasps excitedly] A.... A new hat, maybe? Oh, yes, sir! Goodbye, everyone! Sorry to lose and run, but I've got to get busy writing. Busy, busy, busy!
’’’Santa’’’: [chuckles] C’mon, Frosty. We’re all waiting for you. [Puts the magic hat on Frosty’s head, bringing back to life once more]
’’’Frosty’’’: Happy birthday!


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