Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
|Rudolph and Frosty's
Christmas in July
|Developed by||Rankin Bass|
|Country of origin||USA
|Running time||99 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Rankin/Bass Productions|
Warner Bros. Television
|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. Paul Frees, 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.
The evil wizard Winterbolt has caused havoc upon the people who have entered his domain. He is then punished by the good witch 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, 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. To achieve this, Winterbolt plans to take advantage of Frosty and his family. At the same time, an ice cream man named Milton from Lily Loraine's Circus by the Sea arrives and tells Rudolph and Frosty that he plans to attract the heart of his girlfriend and Lily's daughter, Lainie.
Winterbolt offers Frosty magic amulets that will keep his family 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 end of the circus's fireworks display. Santa agrees to pick up Frosty and his wife Crystal 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 reindeer named Scratcher (voiced by Alan Sues) 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, friends, and the circus' owner, Lilly Loraine, are upset when Rudolph lies to them about how he stole the money and his nose stops glowing. Only Frosty knows the truth and 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 the magic powers of Frosty's hat to create an army of evil snowmen. Rudolph manages to steal back the hat and his nose regains its glow.
After Rudolph returns to the circus with Frosty's hat, Winterbolt attacks, which ends with him turning into a tree when Lilly throws her guns at his scepter destroying it. Once Winterbolt is defeated, Scratcher disappears, Sam is arrested, and all the spells that Winterbolt cast are negated, but sadly, Frosty and his family melt. However, Jack Frost from Frosty's Winter Wonderland, arrives on Big Ben (who helped Rudolph in Rudolph's Shiny New Year) and brings Frosty and his family back to life with his cold breath, and the group is then whisked back to the North Pole by Santa, but Rudolph stays behind to help the circus out of debt. The special ends with a rendition of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", sung by Ethel Merman as Rudolph leads the flying circus parade.
- Billie Mae Richards - Rudolph
- Paul Frees - Jack Frost, Officer Kelly, Winterbolt, Keeper of the Cave
- Red Buttons - Milton
- Darlene Conley - Mrs. Claus
- Shelby Flint - Laine Loraine
- Ethel Merman - Lilly Loraine
- Don Messick - Sam Spangles, Santa's Cuckoo Clock, Donner
- 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)
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