"Two different compared movies in one special disc!" ~ the announcer in the trailer of the movie.
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman is a American/Canadian official upcoming 2025 20th Anniversary Edition only-straight-to DVD animated film that serves as still a sequel/prequel to Frosty the Snowman 45th Anniversary and in honor memory of Burt Reynolds (1936-2018). The special originally aired annually on Cartoon Network years ago in the United States, and it airs on Kids & Teens TV in the country longtime ever since December 11, 2011.
Frosty (voice of Bill Fagerbakke) returns bringing fun and magic to the children of Evergreen, despite the resistance of the School Principal (voice of Larry Miller).
The story is set in the picture perfect town of Evergreen, where all the local children are bound to a ridiculously strict curfew and not allowed to have any kind of fun whatsoever. One calm boy who lives there is Tommy Tinkerton (voiced by Kath Soucie), the son of the town’s impossibly upbeat but no-nonsense mayor, Mr. Tinkerton (voiced by Tom Kenny). Another storyline features Tommy’s best friend, Walter Wader (voiced by Kenn Michael), who shocks everyone, especially his very strict mother, and befriends a cheerful magical snowman named Frosty (voiced by Bill Fagerbakke).
The next day, Walter's rule-breaking gets all the other kids talking, but it greatly upsets Principal Hank Pankley (the story's main antagonist), who's even more adamantly opposed to magic than Mayor Tinkerton (who betrays Tommy that he is under Pankley's control after Walter tells the truth to Mayor Tinkerton). Pankley uses the arrival of Frosty to sow doubts among the townspeople about the Mayor's leadership, and little by little he begins to take over the town. But once magic is stirred up, it is not easily contained.
Everything changes, though, when Tommy finds a secret room beneath the Evergreen library, in which he discovers a comic book filled with secrets about Frosty. At first, most of the comic book is blank. Each time Tommy checks it again, new panels appear. Over the course of several scenes, Tommy learns that Frosty's magic is in his hat, that his father (which is Mayor Tinkerton) met Frosty when he was a boy and did believe in magic once upon a time; and that Pankley, a jealous childhood friend of his father's, took Frosty's hat and hid it away in an attic (which is the same attic from the beginning of the movie), causing young Mayor Tinkerton to lose his faith in magic.
Meanwhile, Frosty happily wins over the kids, including Tommy's lonely love interest; Sara Simple (a sharp and independent young girl who wants to become an urban planner instead of a "princess"), his older brother; Charlie Tinkerton, who teases his brother and even the happy-go-lucky triplets; Simon, Sully, and Sonny Sklarow. Frosty befriends each of them through the simple means of believing in them, which inspires them to begin to believe in themselves one by one.
Increasingly desperate to deny the existence of Frosty and keep Evergreen fun-free, Pankley tricks Walter into helping him lure Frosty for some ice-skating fun in the woods, later then tricks Frosty into venturing him onto "thin ice". But before Walter, noticing the thin ice starting to crack, can be able to save his friend, the unnoticed Frosty, now seeing the ice cracking and realizing it's too late to escape, falls through the ice and melts, causing him to get heartbroken and start crying. Pankley captures Frosty’s hat, which is the key to his magic.
As all of this unfolds, Tommy, who was the first one to whom Frosty appeared first, has been sitting on the sidelines in gym class, watching his best friend, his brother and his love interest experiencing adventure and magic in which he could share. But he has held back, even though he yearns to meet Frosty, out of loyalty to his father (because he knows his father would disapprove of him acknowledging the existence of magic). The comic book also reveals to Tommy what Pankley has just done (with Walter's unwitting help) to recapture Frosty.
All this time, Tommy has held back from befriending Frosty out of loyalty to his father, who has always told Tommy not to believe in magic. But now Tommy sees that his father believed in magic one time, too, but was being tricked into losing faith. And Tommy realizes that the most loyal thing he can do is not to hide from magic, but to help his father rediscover that magic is indeed real.
Tommy explains the truth to Charlie, Sara (who apologizes to him for framing him) and Walter and leads them and the Skarlow brothers (which Tommy invite them for "backup") a daring rescue of Frosty and his hat in which Tommy and his companions help out. A final battle between Pankley, Walter, Tommy, a now-reformed Charlie, Sara, and the Sklarow triplets playing capture the flag with Frosty's hat as a flag features a climactic series of scenes follows in Pankley tries and fails to recapture the hat, then tries to deter the townspeople (including Mayor Tinkerton) from going into the woods to see what all the ruckus and noise are about. The parents are too worried, angry and confused: why are their kids out at night? And can this "magical snowman" they have been hearing about be real after all?
Meanwhile, Mayor Tinkerton refuses to be deterred, and, after bringing Frosty back again, Tommy is able to reintroduce his father to his old friend, who Mayor Tinkerton had long since stopped believing in ever since. Pankley tries to stir them up to regain control of the situation, but Walter however breaks the spell by throwing a snowball at Pankley. And one by one, the other kids—including Tommy (apparently he joins them for the first time) and their parents join in, until all the citizens of Evergreen, which had forgotten how to have fun, gives itself over joyously to a "snowball-fighting, horseplaying, lark of a good time" , and restoring the fun to Evergreen (by Frosty).
As the snow melts, the unseen Frosty joyfully says goodbye to Evergreen and the unseen Pankley gets fired as principal and being arrested for banning fun and magic for no reason, a brief epilogue shows the audience Evergreen transformed into spring—with Charlie playing football, Tommy skateboarding, Mayor Tinkerton doing magic tricks (in honor of his father), Sara reading a book about urban planning and of course Evergreen letting the parents take care of their children.
All the time, the story has been narrated (à la "Our Town") by a warm, wise, seemingly omniscient old man named "Thomas" who appears periodically and comments on the events unfolding in Evergreen. In the final scene, Thomas reveals that he is actually Tommy, all grown up, has now married to Sara and he has been telling the audience his own story.
Original (20th Anniversary Edition/Burt Reynolds †)
Rare Alternate Edition (Evan Gore/CBC Television Channel)
Original Version (20th Anniversary Edition)
- Bill Fagerbakke as Frosty, a magical snowman
- † Burt Reynolds as The Narrator
- Grey DeLisle as Miss Sharpey, Simon Sklarow, Sonny and Sully's brother, Sullivan Sklarow, Sonny and Simon's brother
- Jeannie Elias as Charlie Tinkerton, Tommy's older brother, Librarian
- Evan Gore as Paperboy
- David Jeremiah as Mr. Simple, Sara's father, Townsperson #1, Mr. Skalrow, Sonny, Sully, and Simon's father.
- Tom Kenny as Mr. Tinkerton, the mayor of Evergreen
- Tress MacNeille as Mrs. Simple, Sara's mother, Girl #1
- Kenn Michael as Walter Wader
- Larry Miller as Principal Pankley
- Candi Milo as Mrs. Tinkerton, Mr. Tinkerton's wife, Girl #2
- Kath Soucie as, Tommy Tinkerton, Old Sara Simple
- Tara Strong as Sara Simple, Tommy's love interest, Sonny Sklarow, Simon and Sully's brother.
- Vernee Watson-Johnson as Mrs. Wader, Walter's mother
Original Scrips (Burt Reynolds)
- Bill Fagerbakke as Frosty
- Grey DeLisle as Miss Sharpey/Simon Skarlow/Sullivan Skarlow
- Jeannie Elias as Charlie Tinkerton
- Evan Gore as The Narrator/Paperboy
- David Jeremiah as Mr. Simple/ Townsperson #1/ Mr. Skarlow
- Tom Kenny as Mr. Tinkerton
- Tress MacNeille as Mrs. Simple/Girl #1
- Kenn Michael as Walter Wader
- Larry Miller as Principal Pankley
- Candi Milo as Mrs. Tinkerton/Girl #2
- Kath Soucie as Tommy Tinkerton/Young Mayor Tinkerton/Old Sara Simple
- Tara Strong as Sara Simple/Sonny Skarlow
- Vernee Watson-Johnson as Mrs. Wader
Alternate Scrips (Evan Gore)
- (piano playing one key)
- Mrs. Simple: *smiling* When fingers lies and smiles bright when we tickle the eye breeze.
- (Sara annoyingly plays one key on a piano)
- Mrs. Simple: *smiles* Tickle, Sara.
- (Sara angrily bangs hard on the keys)
- Mrs. Simple: *shocked after seeing Sara bangs on the piano* A young woman must enjoy her hobby, and every hobbies must to be enjoyed, *smiles charmingly* and which every young women will be captivating to a suitor. How do you think I charmed your father?
- Mr. Simple: (snoring)
- (Mrs. Simple curiously sees her husband sleeping)
- Sara Simple: Maybe, if you let me play my own hobby...
- Mrs. Simple: *refusing to let her finish* (angrily:) You will sit at this piano until you can play…*opening the two doors as she steps out of the living room* (shouting:) And play happily! *then quickly slams the doors after she leaves*
- Mr. Simple: (snoring)
- Sara Simple: *signs sadly, leans on the piano*
Alternate Version (Evan Gore/ Download Link)
- Director: Greg Sullivan
- Writer: Emily Kapnek
- Story: Tony Benedict
- Casting Director: Barbara Wright
- Storyboard: Jan Green, Kirk Hanson, Scott Jeralds, David Thrasher
- Design Clean-up: Patrick Dufresne
- Graphic Design: Ric Gonzales, Martin Strudler
- Sheet Timing: Chad Van De Keere, Dale Baer, John Wilson, Mike Stribling, Michael Longden
- Animation: Norm McCabe, Tom Ray, Joe Roman, Allen Wilzbach, Malcolm Draper, Glen Kennedy, Brad Case, Art Leonardi, John Gibbs, Bob Kirk, Bill Hutten, Warren Batchelder, Bob Richardson, Michael Toth, Jon McClenahan, Steven Gordon, Leslie Gorin, Jesse Cosio, Charlie Downs
- Layouts: George Goode, Mario Piluso, Dan Krall, Ed Ghertner
- Backgrounds: Andrew Phillipson, Michael Humphries, Tim Maloney, Raymond Zibach
- Digital Timing: Chad Van De Keere, Richard Corwin
- Digital Supervisor: Mark Anthony Rocchio
- Voice Director: Evan Gore, Chad Van De Keere
- Sound Editors: Todd Araki, Jason Frederickson, Michael Bradley, Brian F. Mars
- Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Marcel Duperreault
- Film Editor: David H. DePatie Jr.
- Camera: Ray Lee
- Animation Production by: Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.
- Produced by: Evan Baily & Kathy Antonsen Rocchio
- Play Movie
- Scene Selection
- "Good Morning, Evergreen!"
- Something Different About Today
- "I Just Can't"
- The First Heed of the Call
- Walter the Renegade
- The Scent of the Mischief
- "Walter, Call Me!"
- The Comic Book
- Piecing it Together
- Mayhem in Evergreen
- A New Day
- "That Snowman is Back!"
- Pankley Strikes Again
- The Age of Pankley
- "Time To Go Get Our Snowman"
- A Frosty Reunion
- At the Beginning
- Ending Credits
- Set Up
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Screen Selection
- Widerscreen (with no shakes and zoom in and outs)
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Movie Set Selection
- Original (Burt Reynolds)
- Alternate (Evan Gore)
- Bonus Features
- Build Your Own Snowman
- Snowball Fight Mania
- The Frosty Says Challenge
- New! The Legend of Frosty the Snowman: Read Along Storybook (read by Bill Fagerbakke - The voice of Frosty)
- New! A Great Frosty Rescue! 3D Game
- Deleted Scenes
- Original deleted scenes
- New! Tommy and Sara First Time Meet After School (Extended)
- New! Walter meets Frosty (Alternate)
- New! Sara stops bullying
- New! "The Scent of a Mischief" (song)
- New! Frosty overhears Mrs. Simple (only as seen in Evan Gore Edition)
- New! There's More than Just a Spare (duet) (song)
- New! "Taught Her New Ice Skating Tricks" (song)
- New! A Private Conversion (Extended)
- New! Frosty sees The Skarlow brothers
- New! Walter took Frosty ice skating/ "Find the Way" (song)
- New! Tommy and Charlie at Sara's House
- New! Walter's Nightmare
- New! Tommy's Reward and Sara's First Suitor
- New! A The Beginning (Alternate)
- New! Frosty returns home to the North Pole
- The first official comic book of "The Legend of Frosty the Snowman" will release in 2022 before the 2025 movie release.
- The original screenwriter; Evan Gore returns in the Movie Set Selection, when selecting the "Alternate Edition" (inspired from CBC in Canada).
- Frosty resembles his truer original Television Christmas classic form much better, huge thanked-created by Joe Vance, character artist in DreamWorks Animation.
- The magic dust of Frosty's hat will be CGI/3D effects only seen in the original (20th Anniversary version) when Frosty is brought back to life.
- In "The Scent of a Mischief" song in a first deleted scene, Sara Simple sings exactly like Melody (earlier in either 2019 or 2020).
- In "The Comic Book" scene only in the original, Karen and her friends were all recolored as the original classic forms, including Professor Hinkle and Hocus Pocus, inspired from the original Frosty the Snowman (in honor of the 45th Anniversary DVD release).
- In the original (20th Anniversary), this is the first time in a next scene where Sara Simple asked her mother "How long am I going to be in a piano for?" before Mrs. Simple originally answered "Until your scales are perfect, and someday, you will thank me for this."
- In "Taught Her New Ice Skating Tricks" song also in a second deleted scene, Frosty's singing voice will be portrayed by Peter Browngardt (also earlier in either 2019 or 2020).
- In the original (20th Anniversary), Sara Simple was reading a book about urban planning, but in the alternate edition, she was alternatively reading a book about "Magic and You".
- In the original, the movie was narrated by Burt Reynolds, but in the alternate edition (in the Movie Set Selection), the movie was first narrated by Evan Gore (as seen in CBC Television Channel).
- In the original (20th Anniversary), this is the first time Sara Simple made her debut/final performance, all grown up as an old woman, during at the end of the movie.
- The DVD menu snowflake background is identical to Disney's Frozen DVD menu.
- They will bring back the alternate version of that movie ever since CBC Television Channel founded on YouTube in 2004, 2005.
- "In Loving Memory of Burt Reynolds (1936-2018)" will appeared after the movie before the credits roll.
- New deleted scenes/songs and new music videos in the traliers for the 2025 DVD release will be all complete earlier either in 2019 or 2020.