YMMV: Frosty the Snowman

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: This review by Nothing But Cartoons posits a lot, namely that Professor Hinkle is a Cosmic Plaything undergoing Sanity Slippage, the kids are Frosty-worshipping cultists who practically stole Hinkle's hat, and Frosty is a total Idiot Houdini.
  • Broken Base: Many fans of the original special are torn on Frosty Returns, though Nostalgia Filter seems to give it a few points for some.
  • Ear Worm: Frosty Returns may be flawed, but "Let There Be Snow" is somewhat catchy. Bonus points for actually being sung by John Goodman.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most fans' opinion on Frosty Returns. Not helped by the fact that it is pretty much incompatible with the other sequels that were officially made by Rankin/Bass called Frosty's Winter Wonderland and Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, both of which now belong to Warner Bros. while DreamWorks Classics, formerly known as Classic Media, currently owns the rights to the original special.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "Stay in here much longer, and I'll really make a splash in the world." Funny when Frosty said it upon entering the greenhouse, not so much not two minutes later; perhaps even a record-setter as far as these go.
  • Moment Of Awesome: So after Santa rebuilt Frosty and was about to put the hat on, Hinkle comes to grab it again. How does Santa put an end to it? By threatening to never give him any more presents for the rest of his life. It instantly shuts him up.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Hinkle crosses this when he locks Frosty in the greenhouse and, thus, causes him to melt.
    • Possibly even earlier when he douses Karen's campfire, which was the only thing between her and freezing to death. It's especially bad because he does so for no good reason. At least killing Frosty helped him achieve his goal of getting the hat back, but endangering the little girl achieves nothing.
    • The worst part about Hinkle is, he wants the hat back solely because of greed, claiming he'd be "a billionaire magician" if he had it. That's kind of low.
  • Nightmare Fuel: More than one child has been traumatized when Professor Hinkle deliberately melts Frosty. Even worse when you realize Karen had to watch her friend melt.
  • Strawman Has a Point: While the jawbustingly tired and astoundingly self-evident Green Aesop in Frosty Returns is still an important message to get across to viewers, as being ecologically responsible is important, it's hard to see how the townsfolk could be wrong for hating snow because of how often it tends to come with serious fall-related injuries.
    • Part of the reason the Green Aesop fails is that it the ecological implications of a world without winter are only briefly touched on. For the most part, the message is that we need to have snow because snow is fun and pretty.
  • Tear Jerker: When Frosty is melted, and again when Frosty and Karen have to part in the penultimate scene.
  • They Just Didn't Care: Frosty Returns.