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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.
  • First Installment Wins: Much like Rudolph, the original special is the only one that most people would agree is great, but the later installments either don't work or ended up with mixed results.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Frosty's Winter Wonderland's portrayal of Jack Frost looks quite similar to the character Jevil from Deltarune, a video game initially released in 2018. They're both short humanoids with large Pointed Ears, wearing jester-like motleys. But what really makes this HIH is that Jack Frost unintentionally quotes what would later become one of Jevil's most famous lines:
    Jack Frost: I'm Jack Frost! I'm wonderful! Why, I can do anything wintery!
  • 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 inside the greenhouse, thus allowing 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 towards the girl for interfering with him. At least melting Frosty helped Hinkle achieve his goal of getting the hat back, but endangering a little girl's life achieves nothing.
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    • 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's very real magic at his side. That's kind of low.
    • Principal Pankley in Legend of Frosty in addition to orchestrating the obligatory Disney Death of Frosty in the movie, also put Walter in danger by 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.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Frosty coming to life.
    • The parade through town.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Granted, his only motivation for trying to retrieve his hat back was purely out of greed, but considering how Hinkle technically didn’t give up his hat, only throwing it at the trash in a fit of frustration, something the children took far too literally, him wanting to keep the hat after discovering it’s magic potential (with him being, y’know, a magician) makes him come of as a little more understanding. Furthermore in Hinkle’s defense, not very many people would be too willing to give up something for a bunch of kids who laughed at them and basically ran them over when running out the door.
  • 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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