Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

1982 NR 1h 37m DVD

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

1982 NR 1h 37m DVD
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Mickey Rooney, Ethel Merman, Red Buttons and Shelley Winters voice the characters in this charming animated tale about how Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer got his shiny nose and how he befriended Frosty the Snowman. When the cheery duo tries to help a needy circus get back on its feet, their archenemy, a wicked wizard named Winterbolt, will stop at nothing … to stop them!
Mickey Rooney, Jackie Vernon, Shelley Winters, Ethel Merman, Red Buttons
Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 4+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 4+
age 4+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is a surprisingly dark tale, considering that it's part of the Rudolph and Frosty pantheon. Though it features beloved holiday characters, the complex plot and the villain's evil machinations -- which, while not overtly violent, put Rudolph, Frosty, and Santa in peril -- may make this iffy for the youngest kids. That said, the cheery Christmas carols interspersed throughout the story act as a welcome contrast to the sinister plot, and the characters learn lessons in the end.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


No direct violence, but a suprising amount of threatening imagery for a holiday special, from evil King Winterbolt to his malevolent Genie of the Ice Scepter to "rein-snakes" that menace Rudolph.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Characters sacrifice their own needs for those of others, suffering steep consequences in the process. A married couple repeatedly talks about how much they love each other and their children, a mantra that comes in handy when they're threatened.


There's lots of Frosty and Rudolph tie-in merchandise out there -- but most of it is tied to higher-profile specials.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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