Why do Rudolph, Frosty have staying power?
By Kelly Herdrich, Contributing writer
The minute the Christmas lights are twinkling and the stores are filled with toys, parents and children start perusing the TV Guide for Christmas specials.
Though some holiday television specials come and go as quickly as our children grow, others have stood the test of time and remained Christmas favorites year after year. What has made “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” stand out in a crowd sprinkled with Charlie Brown, Mickey and the Grinch?
According to IMDB.com, “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” started enticing children during the 1960s, with Rudolph appearing in 1964 and Frosty in 1969.
While the original “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was produced with puppets through a Japanese animation company, “Frosty the Snowman” is animated in the traditional cartoon fashion. Still airing on major television networks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, both Christmas specials aired on television first, though they can be purchased on DVD today.
There has been much debate over the years about why these holiday specials have continued to entertain America’s youth during the Christmas season. “Olive the Other Reindeer” fell flat after a few years, but “A Christmas Story” is still going strong.
We still watch “Miracle on 34th Street,” but rarely do people stalk the TV Guide for “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” What’s the big deal about these Christmas specials?
From their lovable and remarkable characters to the messages they share with children and parents alike, Frosty and Rudolph are sure to continue to be Christmas TV classics long after their original audiences have stopped watching.