In this 1979 Creator/{{Rankin Bass|Productions}} winter special, reporters from all over the USA are gathering to see Pardon-Me Pete, the groundhog that does the whole Groundhog Day thing. He sees his shadow and runs back inside, but wait! There's no sun to make any shadows! Cut to inside the burrow, where Pete talks to [[BreakingtheFourthWall the camera]]. He decides to explain all about a little agreement he has with Jack Frost...

Jack Frost (voiced by Robert Morse) is the personification of winter, who uses his icy breath to bring ice and snow to the world. One day, as he's swooping invisibly through the town of January Junction, he overhears a conversation in which a young woman named Elisa playfully tells her family that the only person she's in love with is him.

Father Winter allows him to become human, but warns him that he has until the first day of spring to win his wife and provide her with a house, gold, and a horse, or he must return to sprite form. Jack is sent to January Junction in the human guise of Jack Snip, a tailor.

!!Tropes present in this work include:
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Kubla Kraus, Raveneau Rightfellow, Pardon-Me Pete.
* {{Adorkable}}: Jack as a human. Pardon-Me Pete himself would also qualify.
* AnachronismStew: The main setting seems to be roughly late medieval Russia, but Sir Raveneau was serving King Arthur, who, if he ever existed, would have lived about a thousand years earlier.
* AnimalsHateHim: Kubla Kraus. No living creature can bear to be around him, so, to quote the narrator, "he had his horse Clangstomper, who ran by steam, and Fetch-Kvetch the butler, who ran by clockwork. Even the mice were artificial!"
* BigBad: Kubla Kraus is the main antagonist, being the one to terrorize January Junction and hoard its wealth for himself.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:On the one hand, January Junction is saved and Elisa gets to marry her knight. On the other, Jack loses out on love, although he seems to get over it.]]
* {{Bishounen}}: Jack.
* BlingOfWar: Sir Raveneau's golden armor.
* ConsultingMisterPuppet: Because no living thing can stand Kubla Kraus, the only thing he can talk to is his metal puppet, Dahmi.
* CurseEscapeClause: Not really a curse, but the same sort of thing. To remain as a human, Jack needs a house, horse, bag of gold, and wife before winter ends.
* DeadpanSnarker: Dummy has moments like this. His responses to Kubla Kraus's IWantSong fit the bill.
--> '''Dummy:''' How can you woo her? She doesn't ''like'' you!
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:In the end, Elisa marries Sir Raveneau instead of Jack]].
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Near the beginning of the special, Jack overhears Elisa tell her father that she loves Jack Frost. As Pardon Me Pete explains, Elisa was clearing referring to the ice patterns Jack makes, but Jack assumed that she meant ''him'' specifically.
* DudeMagnet: Elisa has the affections of not only Jack, but also Kubla Kraus and Sir Raveneau.
* ForegoneConclusion: Jack Frost clearly is still a magic spirit at the beginning of the short which seems to take place in TheSixties.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Played straight with Elisa, who is surrounded by woodland animals when she goes skating.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: [[spoiler:Elisa and Sir Raveneau fall in love over the winter while she nurses him back to health from the injuries he sustained during her rescue.]]
* FrictionlessIce: In the real world, falling down a hill and landing on a suddenly frozen lake surface would probably hurt a ''lot''; but when Elisa does it, she just glides across the lake on her bottom, laughing.
* GenderFlip: The main plot is very similar to Hans Christian Andersen's "Literature/TheLittleMermaid": a water elemental falls in love with a human after rescuing them from drowning and becomes human in order to win their love. Added to that, the love interest never realizes the truth, and marries a noble who they believe was the one who saved their life. To further cement this, the elemental "dies" at their loved one's marriage to another.
* AnIcePerson: Jack and the others in charge of ice and snow.
* ImagineSpot: Imagine ''song'', technically. Too poor to afford Christmas gifts, the denizens of January Junction pass around a single box and pantomime their ideal gifts, even putting up a token fuss for good measure. [[note]]For those playing along at home, said gifts are a hat, a mirror, a shawl, and a watch.[[/note]]
* IWantSong: Kubla Kraus, of all people gets one. He sings to his mechanical butler about how he plans to woo Elisa because she's so lovely.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Ultimately, [[spoiler:Jack.]]
* KingArthur: He doesn't appear, but when Sir Raveneau comes back to January Junction, Elisa explains that he's been away in Arthur's service. For whatever reason, Arthur gave the knight permission to go home for Christmas.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Sir Raveneau Rightfellow, Elisa's rescuer [[spoiler:and eventual husband]].
* LineOfSightName: Jack chooses "Snip" as a surname for himself when he glances at his scissors.
* LiteralAssKicking: Jack does this to Pardon-Me Pete, in an attempt to scare him back into his hole.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Kubla Kraus falls in love with Elisa and wants to make her his wife the moment that he spots her from his castle.
* LoveTriangle: Technically a square, since Jack, Kubla Kraus and Raveneau all have a thing for Elisa.
* MechaMooks: Kubla Kraus's clockwork army of Keh-Knights.
* MicroMonarchy: The setting.
* MotherNature: Father Winter takes his orders from her, as he points out to Jack when Jack begs for spring not to end early.
* OverlyLongName: Snip's alias.
** FlatWhat: Jack's reaction to hearing it for the first time.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Jack Frost has until the end of winter to get a house, horse, bag of gold, and wife, for a heroic example. [[spoiler:Also to stop the metal man army.]]
* VillainousCrush: Kubla Kraus falls in love with Elisa, to the point that he kidnaps her with the intention of making her his wife.
* WeddingDay: "When the first blossom shows."
* WideEyedIdealist: Jack, at first; he seems to think that acquiring the requisite house, horse, and gold will be very easy.
* WinterRoyalLady: Holly's as close as the show gets; she's a snowflake-making sprite, but on earth they disguise her as a "gypsy princess." Father Winter could be considered a male example, as he is the sovereign over all things winter.