Wednesday, December 7, 2016

First Airing of "Frosty the Snowman"

"Frosty the Snowman" aired for the first time on December 7, 1969.
December 7, 1969
Frosty the Snowman came to life on this day on CBS in 1969. Though produced by Rankin/Bass who are best known for producing stop motion puppet specials, Frosty was a hand-drawn animation special. Also unlike earlier specials, Frosty featured just one  song and was only 30 minutes in length. However, it did feature a celebrity narrator (Jimmy Durante’s final performance in a film). Rankin/Bass wanted the special to have the look of a Christmas card, so Mad magazine and greeting card artist Paul Coker, Jr. was hired to do the job. In 1992, CBS created a “sequel” to the special which doesn’t look or feel like anything like the original.