Frosty’s Winter Wonderland picks up where 1969’s Frosty the Snowman left off. Things begin with Frosty keeping his promise to return from the North Pole. Naturally, the children of Winterwonderland are thrilled to see him. Unfortunately, all is not well for Frosty; as much as he enjoys playing with the children, he finds himself pining for companionship each evening when the children must return home. Wanting to help their friend, the children build Frosty a companion, a mop topped snow-lady they name Crystal. Frosty and Crystal quickly fall in love and make plans to wed. However, the evil Jack Frost makes it his personal mission to ruin Frosty’s happiness.
Released in 1976, this Rankin/Bass production doesn’t come close to the classic status achieved by Frosty the Snowman, but it’s still enjoyable enough. For young children, this short—just 24 minutes—is perfect entertainment. The simple story offers colorful, easily identifiable characters. There’s no real actual violence, so youngsters can enjoy it purely for entertainment value. Even the would-be villain Jack Frost doesn’t bring any menace to the proceedings.
Aside from the endearingly simple animation, the voice cast here is notable. Andy Griffith, Shelley Winters, and Paul Frees (reprising his role as the voice of Frosty) deliver warm, jubilant performances that add some life to an otherwise paint-by-the-numbers story. Also adding to the festive spirit are renditions of “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Winter Wonderland” which will likely have the little ones singing along.
The full frame transfer is okay, but nothing about it suggests that any remastering took place. Colors lack any sort of vibrancy, and the print certainly shows its age. The mono soundtrack is clear, but nothing to write home about.
The only special feature is called “Fun Filled Look at the History of Snowmen and the Birth of Frosty,” which discusses the history of the snowman. I’m not sure I would call this a deluxe edition, but it is what it is.