Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

1964

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Critics Consensus

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a yule-tide gem that bursts with eye-popping iconography, a spirited soundtrack, and a heart-warming celebration of difference.

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Total Count: 20

84%

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This stop-motion animagic version of the classic Christmas tale adds a bit of a twist when Rudolph encounters an abominable snowman. This was made for TV and features Burl Ives as the narrator.

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  • In some sense one might think of it as the mother recipe of the American Christmas special.

    Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This classic tale is still beloved today, as its feel-good story about the most famous reindeer of all wins every kid (and, fine, adult) over.

    Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Rudolph would be nothing without its colorful cast of supporting characters-none of which Marks apparently felt worthy of inclusion in his original song.

    Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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  • All these years later, as a reminder that every oddball fits in somewhere, it still shines. You could even say it glows.

    Sep 7, 2008 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • Rudolph set the template for dozens of specials to come, from the theme of acceptance to celebrity narrators and original songs, but few ever matched the captivating high of the godfather of Christmas specials.

    Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The characters in this Christmas special really make it... Rudolph and Hermey are wonderful examples of lovable misfits. And the wonderful thing about this special is that neither of these characters changes to fit their surroundings.

    Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

  • Jan 01, 2017
    From Rankin & Bass comes the animated Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Told in flashback, Sam the Snowman (voiced by Burl Ives) recounts the story of the "most famous reindeer of all," Rudolph, who grew up as a misfit but ended up saving Christmas just as all hope seemed lost. Ives does a brilliant job as narrator and provides a number of delightful songs (including "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Silver and Gold"). In fact, all of the songs are rather fun and catchy. And the stop-motion animation is really quite good; with some wonderful character designs. However, the storytelling is a little weak and everything seems to resolve itself without much effort. While it's not perfect, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a magical film that speaks to the child in all of us.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    The greatest christmas special of all time, a truly amazing gift to all.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2011
    Rudolph may get old after you watch it every year, but it still is what it is. It sets such a calm mood and light air of Christmas and winter time with a confection that is not seen anywhere else. Though Hermie is still an oddball
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    The greatest christmas special of all time, a truly amazing gift to all.
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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