Do you wanna’ build a Snowman?
Written by: J. Stokes – December 20, 2016
This morning, we happened upon a humorous news report concerning President Barak Obama and his fear of the snowmen staffers have been placing on the White House yard. President Obama has been quoted saying, “There’s a whole kind of Chucky element to them” and “They’re a little creepy.” As a response to this, White House staffers have gradually been moving the snowmen closer to the President’s office window over the course of a few weeks. Such jovial antics have led to this picture being posted on Twitter:
While poking fun at the president is all fun and games, we here at Tit 4 Tat have always wondered if there was any truth to the hype surrounding snowman building. What we mean to say is does building a snowman require little effort as was portrayed in the widely popular 1969 animated film “Frosty the Snowman?” As you can see by the video below, the children depicted in this film proceed to roll snow on the ground until they form large balls of snow. Afterward, they stack the large balls (two in this video, but three by popular belief) on top of each other and proceed to sculpt a body and face. This results in a snowman.
As you all should know, Tit 4 Tat serves as an extension of K3mistry Productions, which is a company focusing on media literacy. Therefore, in light of the holiday season, we thought it best to pull a MythBusters and test out the ease of building a snowman, thus determining whether or not the 1969 ”Frosty the Snowman” film was accurate in depicting this practice. Oddly enough, though we caught wind of the story about President Obama this morning, the idea of building a snowman came about last week after certain parts of Connecticut (where we currently reside) was hit with snow.
Steps toward building a snowman.
First, as the film depicted, we gathered some snow and formed a hand-sized snowball. We then took this snowball and rolled it on the ground, thus forming a snowball that was about the size of your average 3-year-old. Next, we cleaned off this large snowball to make it look more attractive:
Thus, the film’s depiction of making the original larger snowball held up. Next, we had to figure out whether or not this procedure could be repeated for the purposes of stacking the large snowballs on top of each other. After converting another small snowball into a larger one, we found that it wasn’t all that difficult to place it on top of the first large snowball (snow is pretty light after all):
The process was repeated for a final large snowball, which was, in fact, slightly smaller than the other two. This served as the head:
Ultimately, we found that “Frosty the Snowman” was accurate in its portrayal of snowman building. However, that didn’t stop us from going a step further and creating a more attractive, human-like figure. Therefore, we proceeded onward. The first stop was grabbing a branch from a tree and splitting that in two. These branches served as the snowman’s arms:
After this, we placed a Christmas hat and scarf around our frozen fellow. However, something still seemed to be missing:
We decided to add some rocks to the snowman for eyes, and used snow to shape a nose and some ears. We furthermore changed the snowman’s hat to make our snowman look a bit more sophisticated. Lastly, we carved out a mouth and used some dry red wine to stain the inside, thus making the snowman’s smile more apparent.
Thus, a snowman was born! It was fun testing out this “Frosty the Snowman” theory. Hopefully we can try our hand in other experiments such as this in the near future. Media continues to shape how individuals perceive things and has a role in people’s actions more often than we think. Therefore, it is important that we explore all aspects of media so that positive outcomes can ensue. We had fun with this post, but that doesn’t stop the mission at hand. Being jolly now and then is a great trait to have. Nevertheless, mirroring that of President Obama in the White House, especially considering he is almost finished with his last term as President of the U.S., the fun can only last so long before getting back to our important work in media education for a better nation.