Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Top 25 Christmas Movies List: #4 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

    I'm sure Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is one of your favorite Christmas TV specials as well. It begins with Sam the Snowman (Burl Ives) narrating the story of Rudolph, a reindeer that is born with a special glowing red nose. His father, Donner, Santa's lead reindeer is ashamed of Rudolph's nose and covers it with mud to make it appear normal. But While Rudolph is playing with his friends, the cover is knocked off and his secret is revealed. The other reindeer make fun of him and his coach bans him from playing in the reindeer games.

   Clarice, Rudolph's female friend is the only reindeer that doesn't care about his appearance and tries to comfort him but her father forbids her from speaking to him. Rudolph, sad and outcast, runs away.

   While out on his own, Rudolph meets Hermey, an elf that wishes to be a dentist instead of a toymaker in Santa's workshop. The two bond over the fact that they are both "misfits" and set out to seek fame and fortune. They have a run-in with the Abominable Snow Monster but manage to escape.

   Rudolph and Hermey also meet Yukon Cornelius, a prospector in search of silver and gold. The three end up on The Island of Misfit Toys that is ruled by a winged-lion named King Moonracer. They ask the King if they can stay on the island because they too are misfits but he declines their request.

   Several months later, Rudolph grows into a young stag and decides to return home. When he arrives he discovers that his family and Clarice have gone looking for him. Rudolph finds them, but they are captives of the Abominable Snow Monster. Rudolph, Hermey and Yukon manage to defeat the Snow Monster and rescue them then they all return home where they are held as heroes.

   Hermey opens a dental office and Yukon manages to train the Snow Monster. During the celebration of Rudolph and Hermey's return, Santa learns that a blizzard is on its way and Christmas will have to be cancelled. Everyone is sad but then Santa sees Rudolph's nose blinking and realizes that he can guide him through the storm. Rudolph happily agrees to help and they are on their way. They first make a stop at The Island of Misfit Toys and pick up the toys to give to boys and girls around the world. The film ends with Santa proclaiming "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas!" as he flies through the starry night sky on his sleigh led by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

   *Here is the original promotional posted used when the TV special aired in 1964:


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