We’re on day two of our countdown to the No. 1 Christmas movie of all time. Yesterday we revealed No. 12, “White Christmas”, and today we’ll reveal No. 11. Without further ado, let me introduce you to …
No. 11 – Frosty the Snowman (1967)
Directed by: Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. Starring: Jimmy Durante.
Total Points: 91 (Highest Rank No. 2. Named on 17 ballots – 46-percent, with an average rating of 5.4. Not ranked on Kevy’s ballot).
Plot outline (from IMDB.com): A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman’s magic hat.
Memorable quote: Frosty: Happy birthday! Hey, I said my first words. But…but snowmen can’t talk. Ha ha ha, come on now, what’s the joke? Could I really be alive?
My take on the film: It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the TV special so I don’t remember much about the snowman with the magic hat. What I do know is that Frosty the Snowman, like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is a story that transcends generations. A holiday favorite that my parent’s watched, I watched and my kid will watch. Also like Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman started off as a song and was then turned into a TV special and into one of the images we think about when we think of the Christmas season. It is this reason that Frosty the Snowman was picked as the No. 11 movie on this list.
Fun facts about the film: Voice actress June Foray was cast for both Karen and the Teacher and had recorded vocals for both characters. However, only her recordings for the Teacher made it into the final special as another actress was called in to replace Foray’s Karen, for reasons that even Foray herself to this day does not know. No changes were made to the credits, so the actual voice actress we hear as Karen remains unknown and uncredited. Foray’s Karen can be heard on the Rhino Records soundtrack.