Frosty the Snowman
|"Frosty the Snowman"|
|Song by Gene Autry & The Cass County Boys|
|Released||December 14, 1950|
|Writer||Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson|
"Frosty the Snowman" is a popular song written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. It was written after the success of Autry's recording of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" the previous year; Rollins and Nelson shipped the new song to Autry, who recorded "Frosty" in search of another seasonal hit. Like "Rudolph", "Frosty" was subsequently adapted to other media including a popular television special. The song was originally titled "Frosty the Snow Man". The song supposedly takes place in White Plains, NY or Armonk, NY. Armonk has a parade dedicated to Frosty annually.
The song recounts the fictional tale of a snowman that is magically brought to life through a black top hat that a group of children place atop his head. Although Frosty enjoys frolicking and romping throughout town with the children who constructed him, the sun becomes too much for him to bear and Frosty is forced to leave town, promising his friends that he one day will return.
|Gene Autry version|
|US Pop Singles||7|
|Perry Como version|
|US Pop Singles||74|
|Jan and Dean version|
|US Pop Singles||11|
|Johnny Mathis version|
|US Adult Contemporary||29|
|Kimberley Locke version|
|US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||1|
|Canadian Adult Contemporary||40|
|Billboard Top AC Songs of 2008||46|
In 1950, Little Golden Books published Frosty the Snow Man as a children's book, adapted by Annie North Bedford and illustrated by Corinne Malvern.
1954 short film 
In 1954, the UPA studio brought "Frosty" to life in a three-minute animated short which appears regularly on WGN-TV. This production included a bouncy, jazzy a cappella version of the song and a limited animation style reminiscent of UPA's Gerald McBoing-Boing. The short, filmed entirely in black-and-white, has been a perennial WGN-TV Christmas classic, and was broadcast on December 24 and 25, 2005, and every year since, as part of a WGN-TV children's programming retrospective, along with their two other short Christmas classics, "Suzy Snowflake" and "Hardrock, Coco and Joe." The short had previously been telecast annually on WGN's The Bozo Show, along with its two other companion cartoons. The three cartoons are also a tradition on WJAC-TV in Johnstown, PA, which not only broadcasts the cartoons on their station, but also makes them available on their website.
1969 Rankin-Bass television special 
In 1969, the Rankin-Bass company, in association with Mushi Production of Japan, produced a thirty-minute animated television special of Frosty the Snowman that featured the voices of comedians Jimmy Durante as narrator and Jackie Vernon as the title character. Paul Frees and June Foray both also voice characters in this animated special directed and written by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass. This was a story based on the discovery of Frosty the Snowman. Three sequels were produced, Frosty's Winter Wonderland (based upon the song "Winter Wonderland") in 1976, in which Frosty got married, and Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July in 1979, followed by The Legend of Frosty the Snowman in 2005. A derivative work, Frosty Returns, was broadcast on CBS in 1995.
Movie connections 
- Gene Autry, "Frosty the Snowman" Retrieved October 14, 2011
- Liebeskind, Ken (3 December 2011). "Armonk Celebrates Frosty Day Dec. 10". Armonk Daily Voice. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
- Weisler, Alex (5 December 2012). "Armonk to give Frosty a warm reception". The Journal News. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
- "Frosty The Snowman @ BCDB". BCDB. 2012-11-16.
- Lyrics to "Frosty The Snowman"
- Frosty the Snowman at Myspace.com
- Frosty The Snowman at the Big Cartoon DataBase