Parents need to know that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a holiday TV classic based on the popular Christmas song. While it initially treats physical differences as undesirable, it ultimately has a great message about nonconformity: Just be yourself, don't worry if you don't fit in, and there's strength in teamwork. Rudolph and friends show courage and perseverance to defeat the Abominable Snow Monster and save Christmas. Kids will likely get the message, and even for the youngest ones, the cute little reindeer and musical numbers -- as cheesy as they might seem now -- will hold their interest. Even the show's \"scary\" villain, the Abominable Snow Monster (or \"Bumble\") becomes a friend in the end. All of that said, the film has outdated gender and race representations and sexist comments that parents should point out to kids.
Burl Ives, in the guise of Sam the talking snowman, narrates the tale of a misfit named RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (voiced by Billie Mae Richards). But, of course, you may already know the song: \"All of the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names.\" Rudolph finds his compatriot in an elf named Hermey (Paul Soles) who has become disillusioned with his job making toys and dreams of being a dentist. Hermey and Rudolph run away from the North Pole together and, with new friend Yukon Cornelius (Larry D. Mann), make it to the Island of Misfit Toys. Here they find company among others who stand out from the crowd. When Santa (Stan Francis) discovers the usefulness of Rudolph's light-bulb nose to guide the sleigh during a terrible snowstorm on Christmas Eve, Rudolph is finally appreciated by his peers and parents.
Clarice, the girl reindeer and Rudolph's crush, is forbidden from hanging out with him when her dad says, \"Now there is one thing I want to make very plain: No doe of mine is going to be seen with a red-nosed reindeer.\"
When Rudolph, the littlest of Santa's reindeer, is made fun of for having a \"very shiny nose\" (or in this case, a squeaky red lightbulb for a nose), he runs away with fellow misfit Hermey, the aspiring dentist elf who doesn't like to make toys. The pair face all kinds of misadventures along the way, including a run-in with an abominable snow monster, but ultimately make it back to the North Pole in time to help guide Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. The special is narrated by a snowman character voiced by Burl Ives.
We are introduced to Sam, a talking snowman who lives at the North Pole and is reminiscing about the year that the world almost missed Christmas due to a huge blizzard. He then decides to tell us the story of Rudolph, the son of Donner, Santa Claus' lead reindeer. As the story begins, Donner and his wife are surprised to find that their newborn fawn's unusually red nose is capable of glowing. When Santa visits their cave to meet him and sees his glowing nose, he warns Donner that he will not be able to pull the sleigh if he keeps carrying this trait for the rest of his life. Consequently, Donner tries to conceal his nose with a cover made of dirt.
A year later, Rudolph's parents take him to participate in the Reindeer Games, where he and all of the other young bucks are trained to fly and pull Santa's sleigh when they get older. Donner still tries to hide the nature of Rudolph's nose with the cover, which causes his voice to sound as if he had a permanent cold. Despite this, two reindeer befriend him - a little buck named Fireball and a beautiful doe named Clarice, who thinks he is cute and has a crush on him. But during some horseplay, Fireball inadvertently pops the cover off of Rudolph's nose. After seeing it glow, the other reindeer, including Fireball, start ridiculing him, and Comet, the coach, bans him from the Reindeer Games as a result. Santa even gives Donner a harsh scolding as well, disappointed in how Rudolph had such a great takeoff, but then humiliated himself because of Donner wanting to hide his nose. Clarice is the only one who still likes him and tries to comfort him, but their musings are interrupted by her father, who forbids her from being around Rudolph.
Meanwhile, one of Santa's elves, Hermey, has been having problems of his own - he wishes to be a dentist instead of a toymaker. The Boss Elf, outraged at Hermey's persistent disruption with his dentistry studies, scolds him and tries to get him to obey, but he refuses to change his interests, even under the threat of losing his job and being ridiculed by his fellow elves. As a result, he decides to resign and run away. He eventually meets Rudolph, who has run away into the forest, feeling outcast and heartbroken. They bond after they discover they each have something that makes them unique. After deciding to be \"independent\" together, they set out to seek \"fame and fortune\". Shortly after, however, the Abominable Snowmonster of the North, a carnivorous monster who hates Christmas and feeds on reindeer, soon begins chasing them, due to being attracted by Rudolph's nose, but they manage to escape him.
A few months later, Rudolph grows into a handsome young teen buck. He decides to return home, despite still being ridiculed by the other reindeer when they see him. When he arrives back in his cave, he finds that his parents are not there. He learns from Santa that they went looking for him after he ran away and Donner felt guilty about it, and Clarice went with them. Rudolph begins searching for them just as a terrible blizzard starts, and he soon finds them being held captive by the Abominable Snowmonster. He attempts to rescue them but is knocked unconscious. Fortunately, Hermey and Yukon arrive, having been sent there by Sam, and hatch a rescue plan to save Rudolph and his family. Luring the Snowmonster out of the cave, they knock him unconscious, and Hermey extracts his teeth. Rudolph awakens, but the now-toothless Snowmonster tries to block them from escaping. Yukon chases him to a cliff, eventually knocking himself, his dogsled team, and the Snowmonster over the edge.
On Christmas Eve, Santa receives a report saying that the blizzard will not subside, so he decides he'll have to cancel his annual Christmas Eve flight. While announcing the bad news to his elves and reindeer, however, he is caught by Rudolph's glowing nose and, realizing that its light could cut through the storm, asks him to lead his sleigh, which he agrees to. After making the preparations, Rudolph leads the sleigh to the Island of Misfit Toys, and Santa takes them along on the flight, where they are dropped off to their respective homes. With Rudolph leading the sleigh, it turns out to be a merry Christmas after all.
Donner's plan works relatively well, and Rudolph's innate flying ability appears to impress even Santa at reindeer practice. Unfortunately, the prosthetic comes off and reveals Rudolph's nose and all the reindeer begin to mock him for his abnormality. Santa's opinion turns on a dime and the once impressed \"king of jingling\" tells Donner he \"should be ashamed of himself,\" and stomps off. To this day, it's still unclear exactly what Santa wanted Donner to do to fix the problem.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer reveals that all reindeer from the North Pole beginning training at a very young age to one day pull Santa's sleigh. It's a tremendous honor, and apparently one with incredibly high standards. After all, has anyone heard of any new additions to the sleigh lineup since Rudolph's inclusion
This competitive industry has likely led to a very cutthroat reindeer games and may be why the reindeer go so hard at Rudolph for his red nose. After all, they need any advantage they can get to get Santa's attention and a coveted spot on his sleigh team. Rudolph prevails, however, and he earned a rightful place on the team. Still, I bet there were at least one or two grumblings about nepotism that night in the reindeer fields. 59ce067264