We thought it was time to talk to Frosty the Snowman again because with all that global warming who knows how much longer we’ll have snow. And, without snow, there will be no snowmen. Now, wouldn’t that be a sad thing?
1) What’s your name?
Why, I’m Frosty the Snowman, don’t you recognize, me?
2) How old are you Frosty?
Well, I was created on December 7, 1969, so that makes me 50 years old. I don’t look that old, do I? Did you know I was in the movies?
3) Can you tell us about your first movie?
Well, it was released in 1969, just in time for Christmas. So, the story goes like this…
… a discarded magic top hat brings to life the snowman that a group of children made, until a magician, professor Hinkle, wants it back, and the temperature starts to rise. Frosty will melt or no longer be a jolly soul if the kids cannot get him away from Hinkle and warm weather, so he hops a train to the North Pole with young Karen
4) Who else was in the movie with you?
Let me think. Well, Professor Hinkle and Karen I already mentioned, then there was the Traffic Cop, the Teacher, who am I forgetting? Oh yes, Santa Claus. How could I forget Santa Claus!
5) Do you see Santa Claus very often?
No, only at Christmas, he keeps himself to himself the rest of the time. I expect him to be very busy all year round making toys for children.
6) What about the reindeer?
Oh, that Rudolf is always prancing about. You can’t miss him with that big red nose.
7) Do you stay at the North Pole all the time now?
I do, but I am afraid that it’s getting warmer and I might melt.
8) What’s the temperature there?
Well in the summer it’s usually around 32 degrees, but in the winter it goes down to -40 degrees, perfect for us snowmen!!
9) When would you begin melting?
If the surface temperature goes above 32 degrees, then it’s a problem. So, as you can imagine, the summer temperatures make me a little nervous.
10) Are you worried that it’s getting warmer?
Yes, there’s always been a lot of temperature fluctuations here in the Arctic because of the polar vortex – the circle of winds – up and down, up and down. We’re used to that, but lately, the ups are higher and the downs are lower. Last year the heat peaks were happening more often and lasting longer. Us snowmen don’t like the heat we would rather be freezing all the time!
11) How are the polar bears doing?
Not too good. Last year in Greenland, for example, they experienced 61 hours above freezing, that’s three times more than in any previous year. So, the poor polar bears have to search for food inland. Well, people are pretty afraid of polar bears so they sometimes kill them. It’s very sad.
12) So, what do you eat Frosty?
Don’t be silly, I’m a snowman, I don’t need to eat. Besides people are not afraid of snowmen.
13) How many fingers do you have Frosty?
That’s a very interesting question. I have four fingers, but when I count to five I have five fingers…magic of the movies really.
14) Where else would you like to live?
Well, maybe the South Pole, it’s a lot colder there
15) Why is that?
Well, the South Pole sits on top of a very thick ice sheet, which itself sits on a continent. The surface of the ice sheet is more than a mile and a half above sea level. I think even snowmen would shiver there!
16) Wow, that sounds cold, can anyone live there?
No people, or polar bears, just plants and a few animals like penguins, seals, nematodes, tardigrades, and mice. Oh, on second thoughts forget it, I’d be very lonely living there.
17) Let’s go back to the song “Frosty the Snowman” it was written in 1950, but you weren’t created then were you?
No, it was written about my big brother Frosty… but he wasn’t cute enough for the movies!
18) Can you remember the words to the song “ Frosty The Snowman”?
Of course, I can, let me sing it for you!
Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose, and two eyes made of coal.
Frosty the Snowman, is a fairytale, they say.
He was made of snow, but the children know he came to life one day.
There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found,
For when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around!
Oh, Frosty, the Snowman, was alive as he could be;
and the children say he could laugh and play,
just the same as you and me.
Thumpety thump, thump, thumpety thump, thump,
look at Frosty go.
Thumpety thump, thump, thumpety thump, thump,
over the hills of snow.
Frosty the Snowman, knew the sun was hot that day,
so he said, “Let’s run, and we’ll have some fun now, before I melt away.”
Down to the village, with a broomstick in his hand,
Running here and there, all around the square,
sayin’, “Catch me if you can.”
He led them down the streets of town, right to the traffic cop;
and only paused a moment, when he heard him holler, “Stop!”
For Frosty, the Snowman, had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye, sayin’ “Don’t cry, I’ll be back again someday.”