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December 19th, 2007: 10:17 pm

CBC showed back to back “Christmas Classics” tonight — “Frosty the Snowman”, followed by its apparent successor “Frosty Returns”. The former is a classic, having been on the air for almost 40 years, and something I remember watching Way Back When. However this sequel I have never had the privilege of watching before today. A badly drawn snow melting corporate suit as a villain? Environmental pollution concerns? That was thirty festive minutes I will never get back — sadly this show will be branded a classic by virtue of the fact that it will air every year on tv as Christmas Filler for the next 40 years, however there is nothing about it that stands out as a holiday treasure like its predecessor. Even the Spongebob Squarepants Christmas Special holds up well enough to show that new content can go down as something worth watching annually.

If I had a magic hat, it would erase “Frosty Returns” from the archives.