Christmas is coming up, and that means your television is V is filled with special holiday specials and Christmas shows. One of the all-time greats airs tonight. That would be the original animated Frosty the Snowman special from Rankin-Bass–the studio that also created the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer special. Frosty the Snowman is airing tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS, with the show missing its actual anniversary by one day.
Yep, Frosty the Snowman first airedin 1969 on Dec. 7th, 1969. We’re thinking that CBS decided to air it tonight since most of the country will be stuck indoors because of a hideous ice storm. Actually, that doesn’t make a ton of sense. Sure, it’s a Christmas classic and it’s always comforting to sit by a roaring fire with a hot cup of cocoa–but since it’s about a snowman who must go to the North Pole to keep from melting. The whole damn show will just reminds you how freaking cold it is outside. It’s like watching Volcano or Dante’s Peak in the middle of the summer during a brownout.
Anyway, the special features several familiar voices such as the great Jimmy Durante as the narrato (who also sings the famous song first recorded by Gene Autry). You also get June Foray, who’s voiced just about every cartoon every made. That includes Rocky and Bullwinkle. There’s even a turn by voiceover giant Paul Frees. That’s the best kind of immortality right there. So don’t let anyone give you any guff about tuning in Frosty tonight. And don’t cry at the end, because Frosty returns. Also, everyone will be cursing any kind of snow soon enough.