Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
|Genre:||Television, Animation, Kids & Family, Classics|
|Directed By:||Maury Laws, Larry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima, Alfie Scopp, Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Carl Banas, Corinne Conley, Janet Orenstein, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles, Peg Dixon, Stan Francis|
|Written By:||Romeo Muller|
|In Theaters:||Jun 1, 1964 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 17, 2000|
as Sam the Snowman
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Critic Reviews for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
All these years later, as a reminder that every oddball fits in somewhere, it still shines. You could even say it glows.
Still retains its charm and all-ages appeal decades after its original broadcasts.
A holiday must-watch (if your kids aren't scared silly by the Abominable Snowman, as I was).
A paean to nonconformity that would be startling today, it must have been downright shocking in pre-hippie 1964, when it debuted.
One of the most beautiful, heartfelt holiday programs ever aired on broadcast television.
Maybe the ultimate Christmas TV special.
Audience Reviews for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The greatest christmas special of all time, a truly amazing gift to all.
The animation in this film still amazes. There's something about stop-motion and Christmas that just works so well together. Rankin and Bass successfully extend the famous song to 50 minutes of pure joy. The film is pretty bizarre at times and also manages to be scary. The face of the abominable snowman is a freaky and disturbing at first. Rudolph meets up with a number of misfits looking for their place in life. Some of the film is dated and the morals are suspect at times. Santa is a bit of a prick in this film. He shuns Rudolph in the cruelest ways, but is also mean and cantankerous to everyone. He shows no enthusiasm during the elves song, and only really pays attention to Rudolph when he needs him. A story about finding your place in life, or using people when you need them? It's open for debate. Luckily, children wont be as confused by these complex and twisted dealings going on. There's a nice pace, even if the songs sound scratchy and monotone.
This is a classic Christmas movie, I watched all the time when I was a kid, and I think kids today will continue to enjoy it. It's got good songs and great clay animation, I really like it, and I recommend it for your Christmastime viewing this year.
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