25 Films of Christmas: Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer

Posted: December 3, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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When I was a kid there were certain things that signaled the arrival of the Christmas: The Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade was the first. The balloons bobbing their way down the street, marching bands from around the country playing Christmas songs, the cast of whatever show on Broadway that was popular at the time performing a song from said show and all capped off with the arrival of the big man himself. The second was those huge peppermint sticks. You know the ones that you could have carved out a shiv and held your stuffed animals hostage, I mean not that I ever did that, or had stuffed animals…anyway. The biggest sign that gifts were on their way was the annual viewing of Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer. If for some reason your childhood never included this stop motion classic, heres what you’ve missed.

A new reindeer is born at the North Pole and he’s a bit different from the others, whether its because his mother drank while she was pregnant or his father used recreational drugs we never find out but this reindeer has a bright, glowing, red nose. Rudolph learns early on if your different people will make fun of you and not let you join their reindeer games. (Little side note here friends, when I was young I often wondered why the other reindeer wouldn’t let him join any reindeer gangs.) Theres also Hermey the elf who wants to be a dentist and is also made to feel like he doesn’t belong. The two set off in classic buddy/road trip comedy style. Along the way they meet up with Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snowman and discover the island of misfit toys. In case you haven’t guessed, this Christmas tale ends happily, Hermey is a dentist, Rudolph leads the sleigh saving Christmas and gets the girl.

Approaching fifty years old this holiday classic could still teach us a lot. Just because someone is different doesn’t mean you can bully them into your idea of normal. Everyone has the same right to be happy as you do, we should all be the best us we can be and abominable snowmen are just grumpy cause their teeth hurt. This is one of my childhood Christmastime favorites that has held up well over the years and for those reasons, Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer gets a ranking of: Five Drummers Drumming. Till next time friends, stay entertained.




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