- Jack Frost (TV special)
Jack Frost, directed by
Jules Bassand Arthur Rankin, Jr.and written by Romeo Muller, premiered December 13 1979. This stop motionanimated special tells the tale of Jack Frost, the wintersprite, and his adventures as a human. This special airs annually on the ABC Familycable network. It has been released on DVD before, but in the fall of 2008, Warner Bros. will re-release it.
The story is narrated by Pardon-Me-Pete, the
Groundhog, voiced by Buddy Hackett, who has a deal with Jack Frost to extend winter by six weeks, letting him sleep that much longer.
Jack Frost, an immortal winter sprite, falls in love with a human girl named Elisa, and asks Father Winter if he can become human in order to be with her. Father Winter gives him a chance, but warns that Jack must prove he can succeed as a human, by earning a house, a horse, a bag of gold, and a wife by the first sign of spring; if not, he will become a sprite again. Jack agrees and turns human, assuming the identity of Jack Snip. He runs a tailor shop in the town of January Junction with two friends who also turned human, Snip the
snowflakemaker and Holly the holiday snow gypsy. Snip and Holly were sent by Father Winter to ensure Jack does not get into trouble. Elisa is charmed by "Jack Snip," but she harbors romantic dreams of Sir Raveneau, a "knight in shining armor."
Elisa is kidnapped by the evil
CossackKing, Kubla Kraus, who has an army of robots, his "Ka-Nights," as well as a menacing mechanical horse named Klangstomper. Kraus also possesses all the gold in the land; he lives in a castle with his sidekick, a ventriloquist's dummy (aptly named Dummy). After Elisa is rescued by a (human) knight named Sir Raveneau, Kubla vows to destroy January Junction, and he imprisons Jack Snip, Snip, and Holly. Jack decides to become a sprite again in order to whip up the biggest snow storm ever seen, freezing Kraus in his castle. Snip and Holly change back to sprites as well. This tactic works until Groundhog Daycomes. Jack Frost uses his shadow to scare Pete back to hibernation, and continues whipping up the storm. Finally, with only one hour left before the arrival of spring, Jack returns to human form in an attempt to meet Father Winter's conditions and win Elisa. He battles Kubla Kraus and claims the gold, the mechanical horse, and the castle. He races off to ask Elisa for her hand in marriage, but during his absence she has fallen in love with Sir Raveneau, and he with her. Jack becomes sprite again for good, and blows ice onto Elisa's wedding flowers, turning them white. When asked about the change, she sheds a tear, saying "An old friend just kissed the bride." Snip calls out to Jack that winter wouldn't be same without him.
* Kubla Kraus looks and sounds quite like
Burgermeister MeisterBurgerfrom " Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" except with a beard. They are both voiced by the same actor, frequent Rankin/Bass performer Paul Frees.
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