Double Treat of Frosty the Snowman on CBS
The holiday season's perennially popular original dancing snowman skates on the edge of danger in the 2D animated musical special FROSTY RETURNS, to be rebroadcast Dec. 3, 2004 at 8:30 pm on the CBS. This half-hour special is the follow-up to FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, the holiday classic special narrated by Jimmy Durante, to be rebroadcast as a lead-in at 8:00 pm.
FROSTY RETURNS (originally broadcast Dec. 1, 1995) was produced by Eryk Casemiro and Bill Melendez and directed by Melendez and Evert Brown with Lorne Michaels (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) is exec producer. The special was written by Oliver Goldstick, based on a story by Jim Lewis, with original music by Mark Mothersbaugh. FROSTY RETURNS was created by Bill Melendez Productions Inc., in association with Broadway Video and CBS Entertainment Productions.
Jonathan Winters narrates with John Goodman as the voice of Frosty. Other voices are provided by comedians Jan Hooks, Andrea Martin and Brian Doyle-Murray.
The newer show brings the magical Frosty to the snow-covered town of Beansborough just as a snow-removal spray called Summer Wheeze is being introduced on the market. Summer Wheeze de-ice the town's annual Winter Carnival and threatens Frosty's very existence.
The beloved special, FROSTY THE SNOWMAN (Rankin-Bass Prods. and Mishi Studio), was produced and directed by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, with additional lyrics and music by Bass and Maury Laws. Romeo Muller wrote the story.
While Durante narrates, comedian Jackie Vernon provides the voice of Frosty in the Christmas fable, originally broadcast Dec. 7, 1969, on CBS. The special was based on the popular song of the same title by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson about the happy-go-lucky snowman with the "corncob pipe, a button nose and two eyes made out of coal," features Billy De Wolfe as the voice of the villainous Professor Hinkle, a magician whose stovepipe hat transforms the lifeless snow figure into an enchanting song-and-dance man.
Frosty sets off for the North Pole to keep from melting. En route, the indomitable snowman weathers a whirl of adventures and overcomes melting away.
Paul Frees and June Foray provided voices for all the additional characters.