Frosty the Snowman - June Foray performance (found original voice recording of animated special; 1969)


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Frosty the Snowman (June Foray voice)
The cast of "Frosty the Smowman", with deuteragonist Karen.
The cast of "Frosty the Smowman", with deuteragonist Karen.
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Date found Dec. 21st, 2016
Found by FamulatorAlt

Frosty the Snowman is an animated Christmas special that first aired on CBS on December 7, 1969.

This special, written by Romeo Muller and produced and directed by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass, is based on the holiday song of the same name, originally written by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson and first performed by Gene Autry in the 1940s.

Plot

The plot involves a discarded silk top hat becoming the focus of a struggle between a washed-up stage magician named Professor Hinkle, and a group of schoolchildren after it magically brings a snowman to life. Realizing that newly-living Frosty will melt in Spring unless he takes refuge in a colder climate, Frosty and a young girl named Karen, who he befriends stow away on a freight train headed for the North Pole. Little do they know that the magician is following them, and he wants his hat back.

June Foray

June Foray originally recorded the part of Karen but was replaced by an unknown actress, a year after Frosty first aired; Foray recalled her experiences in the book The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass: "I was called in to voice the little girl Karen. I was disappointed to learn later that my work for the Karen character was replaced by another actress. To this day I am unsure of the reason, but I still enjoy the special." Foray's voice can be heard on the Rhino Records soundtrack.

The original airing of the special with Karen's original voice is currently impossible to find, even on the internet.

Discoveries

On June 22, 2016, YouTuber forever90s posted a comparison between a Frosty the Snowman VHS and a Blu-ray of the special. This revealed that the BD restored some of June Foray's audio - but for one of the supporting characters, rather than Karen. Unfortunately, the description of the video doesn't say if this applies to all Frosty BDs or just some of them. (Frosty the Snowman had received at least two Blu-ray releases by the time this video appeared.)

Voice Restoration

On December 21, 2016, YouTuber FamulatorAlt shared a "Voice Restoration" of Frosty the Snowman. Using the Rhino CD, and an HD copy of Frosty (possibly the same one used in the earlier comparison), it re-creates how the special would have aired with June Foray's voice intact.

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Comments


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Dsneybuf

10 months ago
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If anyone here has "Frosty the Snowman" on Blu-Ray, can you please verify which BD you have, and whether or not it has the June Foray audio sample in that video? When I asked forever90s, he/she didn't answer yet. The two BDs I referred to in the "Discoveries" section respectively come from 2011 (with no bonus features, except for an SD version of Bill Melendez's "Frosty Returns") and 2015 (with a 45th Anniversary Edition banner, and many more bonus features, including an HD version of "Frosty's Return").
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SuperMuppet

9 months ago
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recently found the audio for this special..tryin to sync it up with the original special with little success
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Anonymous user #1

9 months ago
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wow
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Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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well i have the first copy on VHS then i also have Frosty Returns as well.
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Mrkoolnerd

8 months ago
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https://www....EM1ZX2J2YTW6 this release which is the one i have uses the same audio which i have always heard on tv dvd and blu ray of this release is exactly the same not just for frosty but every area
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Mrkoolnerd

8 months ago
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actually the dvd set has more shows go figure
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TheYoshiState

8 months ago
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How many on that set exactly?
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Mrkoolnerd

8 months ago
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https://www....qid=&sr= there is also this version which i don't have
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Mrkoolnerd

8 months ago
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it's the same as the second one i linked but with the first ones cover
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Mrkoolnerd

8 months ago
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i know of at least 5 five blu ray releases of this there might be more there is this one https://www....+the+snowman the two i linked this one which is cheapest https://www....+the+snowman

and this one https://www....+the+snowman
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Dsneybuf

7 months ago
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Um, that last one is a DVD, not a Blu-Ray.
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Anonymous user #3

8 months ago
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i wonder who voiced the little girl, who knows:/
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Anonymous user #3

3 months ago
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I meant the girl who replaced june
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KPEX

1 months ago
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RIP June Foray :(
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Anonymous user #5

1 months ago
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1917-2017
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Anonymous user #6

1 months ago
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100 years.
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Anonymous user #4

1 months ago
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Ugh, it's private now.
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TheFoxy3D

1 months ago
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RIP June Foray

1917-2017
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