Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
This musical film version of the popular song about a little reindeer who doesn’t fit in has been a holiday favorite for almost 40 years. And the tale of an outcast misfit, who comes back to save the day resonates with everyone, no matter their age. Who can forget Burl Ives as the dapper snowman narrator, the elf who wants to be a dentist, the island of misfit toys, Rudolph’s budding romance with Clarice who likes him just the way he is, the bombastic prospector Yukon Cornelius, the initially scary but later cuddly Abominable Snow Monster, and all the sing-alongable songs?! When it was created, this film was undoubtedly on the cutting edge of animation technology. But thirty-odd years later, the stop-action animation nevertheless retains all its magic and the old-fashioned look only adds to the film’s nostalgic charm. Remember way back when, when the Christmas season didn’t begin immediately after Halloween like it does now, but rather the minute after Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was broadcast on national television? Now, of course, you can relive your warm childhood memories of watching Rudolph save the day, or introduce this classic to a whole new generation any time you want.