This little film will always and forever have a special place in my heart. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing not to like about it. The characters are appealing and the music is well-orchestrated. On the whole, Rudolph is chock-full of innocent charm.
My family’s relationship to this movie is a complicated one, however. On one hand, we genuinely love this movie. On the other hand, we really enjoy mocking bits of it here and there. Most of the humor we find in the film is unintentional, and is almost always the result of the film’s rudimentary stop-motion.
One scene that gets us every time is during Sam the Snowman’s (Burl Ives) song “Silver and Gold.” When Sam begins the final verse of the song, a frustrated squirrel scampers onscreen to silently chew Sam out, it seems. After a split second of fussing and standing in front of Sam, the squirrel seems to hit super-sonic speed and zooms offscreen at a hilarious clip. It’s the little moments like that that keep us grinning throughout the film.
But for all its unintentional moments of humor, the film delivers countless moments of cuteness and fun. Personally, I enjoy every song in the film. They’re merrily performed and accompanied by the delightful-if-jerky movements of the visually appealing characters (seriously, I don’t think Rankin-Bass could’ve designed a cuter little reindeer).
Over the years, I’ve discovered that there’s a lot to love about this film. It has such heart to it that it’s fairly impossible to not enjoy it on some level. My dad still enjoys the movie- especially the character Yukon Cornelius, a blowhard of a prospector. My dad can’t help but admire Yukon for a simple reason: dude’s packing a Colt .45 in a children’s film! We all laugh at that accessory of Yukon’s, as it’s unlikely that a character could get away with such firepower in a modern-day Christmas special.
All in all, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is simply a sweet Christmastime treat for the whole family to enjoy.
And that concludes my list of essential Christmas music and movies! There’s a heck of a lot more I could have added to this list, but there’s only so many days in the month. Thanks for reading!