8x8 Oil on panel, black floater frame
This one is from the rather odd Rankin and Bass Christmas special “Frosty and Rudolph Christmas in July”. And you’d be forgiven for thinking this one jumped the shark from the title alone. I mean … not only do we have to suspend our disbelief about a talking snowman, but now we have to believe he heads south … in July?!
Let’s just say, it got a little weird. There was a circus involved. But Ethel Merman was in it, so we can forgive the weirdness. She starred as Lilly Loraine, an Annie Oakley type, who was basically a female version of Yukon Cornelius. She likes to shoot her guns in the air every time she needs to make a point and that’s exactly what I’d do, if someone gave me guns. (If I’m being honest, I have been known to do “finger-guns” when I feel I’ve scored a point on my husband). This film wasn’t quite as weird as the lesser known Rankin/Bass film, “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” that featured a caveman, a whale, and an evil vulture, but still … again ... a little weird.
Still, it was nice to have a sequel for Frosty, where we get to meet his kids, Chilly and Milly. Tho, don’t you hate it when parents of twins give them rhyming names? Ooof. They’re twins. You just raised the chance they’ll be mistaken for each other by 1000%. And according to my statistics textbook from college, that’s a terrible thing to do to twins (I think that’s what it said. I don’t remember much from statistics).