Sunday, December 23, 2012

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) Review:

Just exactly how many people have seen this fifty-minute long Christmas special? I have no clue, but it apparently has made a big impact on a lot of people that's for sure. Producers Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. had a real knack for making entertaining children films and this one is no different from the others. This is the origin story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Yukon, Hermey & Rudolph
And along with Rudolph, the audience will be introduced to some other characters that are enjoyable. Hermey, an elf (who looks nothing like the others) is shunned for his interests in dental work. Who, just like Rudolph, after being mocked, decides to leave his home and find a new place where he will be accepted. Soon these two meet up and they create a bond. From there, they run into an eccentric pioneer named Yukon Cornelius. Cornelius is possibly one of the best characters of the whole film, just because of his wise cracking remarks.

Sam the Snowman (Burl Ives)
As these three go on their journey together, they end up finding an island of misfit toys; toys of which don't want to be played with anymore. Some of them are rather unconventional but all the same, they are still quite lovable as characters. For 1964, the animation is fairly neat and clear. The voice acting is good; much appreciated especially for Burl Ives as Sam the snowman. The music by Johnny Marks is also catchy and joyful. The songs will stick and all that has to be done is to hear them once.

As one of the Christmas specials that still packs a punch, Rankin and Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will continue to delight kids and adults for ages to come.

Points Earned --> 10:10

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