Writer’s Workshop: Frosty, Baby!

Here’s a Christmas classic: UPA’s “Frosty The Snowman” from 1954.

I knew I had written about this before, and went back to look it up. Turns out I wrote about it for Writer’s Workshop on December 10, 2015. Have I really been doing this for over 7 years? Wow… time sure flies when you’re having fun…

I don’t know how long they’ve been doing this, but evidently Wendy’s has a peppermint Frosty that they sell around this time.

I guess they have a promotion with the Philadelphia 76ers…

Now, I want one. Of course. All you have to say is "Frosty" and I think about having one. It’s been a while.

One of the many Chritmas specials they drag out around this time is Rankin-Bass’s Frosty The Snowman with Jimmy Durante as the narrator, Jackie Vernon as the voice of Frosty, and Paul Lynde as the voice of the magician whose hat the kids find that makes Frosty dance and sing and say "Happy Boithday!" I wonder if they’e going to pull it out again, and if so, where will it show? Apparently Apple owns the rights to A Charlie Brown Christmas and you’ll only be able to see it on Apple+ TV. Wonder if someone bought the rights to "Frosty" as well?

All those Christmas shows – A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty The Snowman, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and my personal favorite, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – came out in the Sixties, when I was a kid. We would watch them every year, back in the days when the networks showed them for free (okay, and loaded them down with commercials for Dolly Madison snack cakes and Coca-Cola, which kind of go together, when you think about it). Now, the content providers like Hulu and Netflix own them and you have to pay to see them. I suppose they’re still available on DVD, if you can find them…

Bluesman Albert Collins ("The Iceman") recorded a song called "Frosty" all the way back in 1962, and he played it at his shows until he passed on. So you know I’m going to play it here…

7 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Frosty, Baby!

  1. An amazing artist with that guitar! Wow!!
    I grew up with these great shows as well and couldn’t wait to see them. I did hate when they cut up the show to put in more commercials but it’s sad that I feel blackmailed into getting these programs to see them. So I don’t have them but I have the dvds. I watched Frosyy and Grinch on our Canadian station just thos past week.

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