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'Tis the Season: "Jack Frost" (1979)

 

Christmas wouldn't be as much fun without snow, right?  Well, the first true sign of winter is the frost on the ground and the windows.

And we all know who's responsible for that right?  Jack Frost...

When Jack Frost falls in love with a mortal, he makes a deal with Father Winter to become mortal in order to win her hand.  Soon, however, Jack discovers that he may need to sacrifice all he wants in order to save her from an evil king...

This is one of the more whimsical and relaxing specials done by Rankin-Bass.  The story is fun and lighthearted, while also moving at a decent pace.

This gives an interesting exploration into the character, that is enjoyable and relatable in some ways.

I also have to say that the stop motion animation is pretty smooth as well- and I love the fact that despite it being made fifteen years after their first special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", the character design and visual style still is in keeping with those that came before it.  It really adds a nice coherence and connection within the Rankin-Bass catalogue.

While, it's not a favorite of mine, it is certainly a Christmas special to just sit back and relax to on a chilly, frosty day.  In fact, I think I'm going to go put the kettle on, pop in this movie, and just... chill.

A cool "Good" from me.

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