Happy birthday! The Advent Calendar House kicks off a countdown to Christmas in July by setting the table for Rankin/Bass’s eventual epic crossover, starting with “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland,” a snowy sequel from 1976 starring a strange, tall goblin claiming to be Andy Griffith.
On This Episode
- Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), kind of round and plump and built to my spouse’s specifications.
- Brandon Medley (@brandmed), a preacher I built out of snow so I can legally marry my imaginary friend, and co-host of the Star Weirdos podcast.
Topics and Tangents
- A brief guide to finding obsure things on Disney+, like “Melody Time,” starring Dennis Day, (the voice of Parson Brown) as Johnny Appleseed.
- Barbara Jo Ewing voiced one of the kids in her only known credit, but somehow IMDb knows her height.
- We do the math to figure out how far the wind carried a newspaper from Frosty’s hometown to the North Pole.
- Frosty beat “The Santa Clause 2” to the “gotta get a wife” plot point by more than 2 decades.
- Frosty’s “specifications” for his ideal woman are the same as Sir Mix-a-Lot’s.
- The disturbing suggestion that snow people are self-aware before coming to life and are stuck in a comatose state.
- Jack Frost’s “winter that almost didn’t end” foreshadowed the real-life Blizzard of 1977 by less than 2 weeks.
Previous Podcast Episodes Mentioned
- Frosty the Snowman (Season 1, Episode 1)
- The First Easter Rabbit (Season 1, Bonus)
- ’Twas the Night Before Christmas (Season 2, Episode 3)
- Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (Season 2, Episode 12)
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Season 3, Episode 12)
“Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” © 1976 Rankin/Bass Productions.
Commercial Break: Freezy Freakies (1984).