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  • Alternative 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-worshiping cultists who practically stole Hinkle's hat, and Frosty is a total Idiot Houdini.
  • Awesome Music: The rendition of "Winter Wonderland" in Frosty's Winter Wonderland, being a duet between Andy Griffith and Dennis Day.
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  • Contested Sequel: Many fans of the original special are torn on Frosty Returns, though Nostalgia Filter and a lot of the writing being Actually Pretty Funny seems to give it a few points for some.
  • 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, Frosty's Winter Wonderland and Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, both of which now belong to Warner Bros. while Universal, through DreamWorks Classics, currently owns the rights to the original special and Frosty Returns.
  • "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.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Hinkle has a tendency to repeat adjectives or adverbs when he's stressed or excited, one of which is Messy, Messy, Messy.
  • Idiot Plot: Most of the people in "Frosty Returns" are complete idiots. Mr. Twitchell for thinking the title of King of the Winter Carnival gives him actual control over the people, the citizens of Beansboro for using the Summer Wheeze on the on the sidewalk, roads, and grass (there's nothing wrong with the first two, but using it on the grass is wasteful and pointless), and the kids for thinking if there was no more snow they'd get a 10-month summer break (which if you included weekends would be only about 60 days of school though most schools tend to go for around 180)
  • Informed Wrongness: From "Frosty Returns": because it's a spray that destroys snow in a kid's movie about a sentient snowman, we're supposed to be horrified by Summer Wheeze and see it getting discontinued at the end as a victory. While the villain's plan to use it to get rid of ALL the snow was indeed stupid, if it had been used responsibly simply to clear the snow from the streets and side walks, then the product would actually have been a great boon to society. Seriously, can you imagine all the time and effort that would be spared each winter if you could just spray away the snow in a matter of minutes as opposed to hours of tedious shoveling? Aging people (like that teacher in the movie) can even die of heart attacks if they exert to much effort shoveling. So the only evil was in how the product was used, not in the product itself.
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  • 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. Just out of petty spite. 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.
    • Plankley of Legend of Frosty in addtion to orchestrating the obligitory Disney Death of Frosty in the movie, also put Walter in danger but having them skate on thin ice, and expresses a callous disregard about it to Walter.
  • Narm: Paul Frees' voices for some of the kids in the original version. While June Foray's voice for Karen fits her just fine, the blatant Vocal Dissonance in the boys makes it easy to see why it was redubbed.
  • 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.
    • In Winter Wonderland, when the cop swallows his whistle again, this time he appears to be legitimately choking on it, compared to the first special, where he was just comedically whistling as a result of swallowing.
  • Retroactive Recognition: In Frosty Returns, it's a case of Retroactive Name Recognition, since if you didn't see the credits you wouldn't have any idea that Holly was voiced by a 10-year-old Elisabeth Moss.
  • 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.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: The first one in particular, but all of the other specials are this to an extent. They seem tailor made to give that warm and fuzzy feeling.
  • Values Dissonance: Anti-smoking groups these days would go nuts over Frosty's corncob pipe, especially considering the children built him with one.


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