Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
|Rudolph and Frosty's
Christmas in July
|Developed by||Rankin Bass|
|Country of origin||USA
|Producer(s)||Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass|
|Running time||99 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Rankin/Bass Productions|
|Distributor||AVCO Embassy Pictures (1979) Warner Bros. (present)|
|Original channel||ABC (1979) ABC Family (present)|
|Original airing||November 25, 1979|
|Preceded by||Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976)|
|Followed by||Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys (2001)|
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July is a two-hour crossover television special filmed in stop-motion animation in the style of their 1964 Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It premiered on November 25, 1979 on the ABC network.
Jackie Vernon and Shelley Winters reprised their roles as Frosty the Snowman and his wife Crystal, Billie Mae Richards once again provided the voice of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Mickey Rooney provided the voice of Santa Claus once more (Rooney previously voiced Santa in Santa Claus is Comin' To Town and The Year Without A Santa Claus). Paul Frees, Thurl Ravenscroft, Red Buttons and Ethel Merman also provide voices. This would be the last special to star Billie Mae Richards and Jackie Vernon as the voices of Rudolph and Frosty respectively, as well as Mickey Rooney as the voice of Santa until 2008's A Miser Brothers' Christmas.
Winterbolt, a powerful, evil wizard has caused havoc upon the people who have entered his domain. He is then punished by the Queen of the Northern Lights, Lady Boreal, when she places a spell on him that puts him in a deep sleep. Years later, Winterbolt awakens and in her final act of magic, Boreal transfers the last of her power into Rudolph's red nose when he is born, which will stop glowing if it is ever used for evil. Winterbolt learns of this through his Genie of the Ice Scepter and plans not only to dispose of Rudolph, the only power capable of stopping him, but also to reclaim his territory from Santa Claus. Meanwhile, an ice cream man named Milton from Lily Loraine's Circus by the Sea arrives and tells Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman that he plans to attract the heart of his girlfriend and Lily's daughter, Lainie, if they star in the circus.
Winterbolt offers Frosty and his family magic amulets to keep them from melting and enable them to perform in Lily's circus in which Rudolph is to star, but they will only be protected until "the final firework fades on the Fourth," the end of the circus's fireworks display. Santa agrees to pick up Frosty before the magic wears off, but Winterbolt has his ice dragons create a blizzard to prevent Santa from arriving on time. Winterbolt then goes to the Cave of Lost Rejections and recruits an unintelligent, nasty reindeer named Scratcher (voiced by Alan Sues), who is jealous because he wanted to be one of Santa's reindeer but got fired when Santa hired Rudolph. Now, Winterbolt recruits him to try to get Rudolph to turn, or at least appear, evil in the eyes of his friends. With the blizzard keeping Santa from getting to the circus, Frosty and family are worried. When Scratcher arrives, he forms an alliance with Sam Spangles during the parade.
Scratcher, taking advantage of Rudolph's kindness, steals money from the circus and sets up Rudolph to take the blame. Rudolph agrees to appear guilty after making a deal with Winterbolt to extend the powers of the amulets Frosty's family wears for an infinite time in exchange. Frosty's family and friends and the circus's owner, Lily Loraine, are upset when Rudolph tells them he stole the money and his nose stops glowing. While moping by the seashore, Big Ben, the clock whale from Rudolph's Shiny New Year, arrives, and Rudolph tells him his problems. Only Frosty knows the truth, and he wants to restore Rudolph's glowing nose. Winterbolt takes advantage of Frosty as well by lying and agreeing to help Rudolph in exchange for Frosty's hat, with the intention of using its magic powers to create an army of snowmen. Rudolph manages to steal back the hat and his nose regains its glow.
Rudolph returns to the circus with a policeman, who sets the record straight that Rudolph is innocent. The policeman also returns Frosty's hat, who is brought back to life, and everyone apologizes to Rudolph. Winterbolt arrives and tries to attack everyone, but Lily throws iron guns at his scepter, breaking it and causing him to turn into a tree. Once Winterbolt is defeated, Scratcher disappears, Sam is arrested, and all the spells that Winterbolt cast wear off, but sadly, Frosty and his family melt. However, Jack Frost arrives from South America on Big Ben and brings Frosty and his family back to life with his cold breath. The group is then whisked back to the North Pole by Santa, but Rudolph stays behind and Lily lets him lead the flying circus parade to thank him for getting the circus out of debt, the animals having eaten some of Santa's magic feed corn.
- Billie Mae Richards - Rudolph
- Paul Frees - Jack Frost, Officer Kelly, Winterbolt, Keeper of the Cave of Lost Rejections, Additional Voices
- Red Buttons - Milton
- Darlene Conley - Mrs. Claus
- Shelby Flint - Laine Loraine
- Ethel Merman - Lilly Loraine
- Don Messick - Sam Spangles, Santa's Cuckoo Clock, Donner, Additional Voices
- Harold Peary - Big Ben
- Mickey Rooney - Santa Claus
- Alan Sues - Scratcher
- Jackie Vernon - Frosty
- Shelley Winters - Crystal
- Thurl Ravenscroft - Genie of the Ice Scepter (Uncredited)
- Candy Candido - Snow Dragons (Uncredited)
- Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July at the Internet Movie Database
- Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July at the Big Cartoon DataBase