Rudolph's Shiny New Year


Rudolph's Shiny New Year

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Total Count: 8


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Rudolph is again a hero when he comes to the rescue of Baby New Year (otherwise time would stand still!). This animation/puppet combo features the talented voices of Red Skelton and Frank Gorshin.


Critic Reviews for Rudolph's Shiny New Year

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (4)

  • It all adds up to a largely nonsensical wintertime fairy tale, but with Rankin/Bass' seasonal powers in the process of diminishing, Rudolph's Shiny New Year represents a last-ditch effort to synthesize a number of imaginative concepts into a single story.

    Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Erik Adams

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The songs, again by Marks, are syrupy. The Animagic process quickly becomes aninoying. And Muller's plot proves even more impenetrable.

    Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • I'm sad to say, the specials stopped being essential - they ran out of ideas.

    Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • In its best moments, Shiny New Year lives up to the howling madness at the center of all Rankin/Bass.

    Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [It's] just one of the weirdest holiday specials ever conceived

    Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • On paper, the special sounds like a fun trip, but it's a laborious viewing experience. The weird factor can only do so much to cover up the weak story, songs and supporting characters.

    Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rudolph's Shiny New Year

  • Jan 01, 2017
    Rudolph saves the day once again in the all new adventure Rudolph's Shiny New Year. When the Baby New Year, Happy, goes missing Father Time turns to Rudolph for help. Red Skelton voices Father Time and sings several of the song (which are quite lighthearted and fun). And the animators create a number of interesting characters that play on the time theme (Eon, Big Ben, General Ticker). However the storytelling is rather poor, and seems to be full of plot holes and contrivances. Still, overall Rudolph's Shiny New year is an incredibly entertaining film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2010
    Overall, I just thought this was weird. So I give it points for that, but not much else.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2010
    Number 10 a cute little 50 minute film made back in 1976 by Rankin/Bass Productions. an animated fiilm with puppet like figures. And the story is based on Rudolph finding baby New Year or we are stuck on Dce 31 forever. Has educational parts, excellent for ages 1 to 4 years old. Also good for parents a cute old school chrildrens christmas film. 4 1/2 stars.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2008
    Not quite as good as the first, but still fun.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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