Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Release Date: June 1st, 1964

Rating: G

Running Time: 53 min.

Directed By: Kizo Nagashima, Larry Roemer

Cast: Burl Ives, Billie Mae Richards, Paul Soles, Larry D. Mann, Stan Francis, Janis Orenstein

FILM INFORMATION

Rudolph is a young reindeer who is born with a shiny red nose that his father (and Santa) can’t stand so he makes Rudolph wear mud to disguise it and hopefully fool everyone.

Hermey is an elf that just wants to be a dentist more than anything in the whole wide world.

Both Rudolph and Hermey’s paths cross and the two become instant friends and decide to set off on a journey together. They meet several characters and even encounter some danger along the way.

THOUGHTS

Rudolph is narrated by Sam the Snowman, voiced by Burl Ives. He tells of the stories of Rudolph and Hermey. This is a classic and is one of my favourites by Rankin-Bass.

It shows of how both Rudolph and Hermey aren’t accepted by society for the way they are. Rudolph is at first part of the gang but after it is discovered he has an abnormality (his red nose), he is shunned by pretty much everyone (aside from Clarice, a young doe that has caught Rudolph’s attention) and cast out, even by his own father.

Hermey is also different in that he doesn’t enjoy making toys like the rest of Santa’s elves. He would rather be a dentist and is put down for his way of thinking.

Both characters cross paths and become misfits together. Along the way, they encounter Yukon Cornelius who is also an outcast himself and enjoys searching for silver and gold. Yukon is a really good character and accepts the two for who they are.

Bumble the Abominable Snowman (probably my favourite) is another character the gang come across on their journey. He is supposed to be the villain of the story but the lesson is to not judge a book by its cover and that Bumble may seem harsh on the outside, but he is really a softy on the inside and just wants to be loved and accepted like everyone else.

The music in the movie is classic. Everytime I hear it, I just think of Christmas. The style of film also works really well. I even own some Christmas tree ornaments of characters from the film because I enjoy it so much. It has been an annual tradition to watch ever since I can recall.

My only gripe with the film is Santa. He is kind of a jerk in this. He doesn’t accept Rudolph because of his nose and also acts rudely towards the elves when they put on a special singing performance for him. Santa is supposed to be about love and happiness but in this, he is cranky most of the time. Of course, it isn’t until he realizes that Rudolph’s shiny red nose is the key to delivering toys to the children in the terrible snowstorm and is all about welcoming Rudolph with open arms.

Another part of the film I enjoyed was the Island of Misfit toys. It shows the toys that have things wrong with them and that children don’t seem to want, such as a train with square wheels.

Overall, this is a classic and if you haven’t watched it (which I think is highly unlikely), definitely check it out.

FINAL RATING 

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