Wednesday, January 14, 2009
A Frosty New Year
Here's a card drawn and signed by Paul Coker, Jr., the artist who designed many of the Rankin/Bass holiday specials, including Frosty the Snowman (1969), and which is available at the Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass blog. . Why am I posting about Frosty now rather than at Christmas? Maybe because the "Frosty the Snowman" song is a winter song and not a Christmas song despite its inclusion on just about every Christmas song collection ever. Of course, the Rankin/Bass special transformed Frosty's tale into a Yuletide story so that doesn't help, but it's a marvelously charming holiday-themed teleplay. One of it's most delightful aspects is how the jolly snowman says "Happy Birthday!" every time he magically comes to life, hence the inclusion of the greeting in Paul's drawing. You can see much more about Paul Coker, Jr., Frosty and other Rankin/Bass delights at Rick Goldschmidt's aforementioned blog. . Check it out, and in the meantime, as Frosty himself might say to anybody having a birthday today (or yesterday, for that matter): "Happy Birthday!"