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I know a lot of people love this special because they saw it as kids, but after reading this:
4 Bad Lessons 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' Teaches Kids
I've formed my own opinion about why I feel this special is kind of overrated and why I think Rudolph: the Movie (1998) is the better of the two adaptations.
The number one thing I dislike about RankinBass' Rudolph is the portrayal of Santa. There are an abundance of jerks here but Santa in particular is just too damn MEAN in this special! The elves go out of their way to write and perform a special song for him, and when they finish he doesn't even say "Thank you, I appreciate it", just "It needs work". I mean really? Considering he delivers presents to every kid in the world once a year I'd think he of all people would be grateful when someone does something nice for him.
And then there's his treatment of Rudolph. When Santa meets the baby reindeer for the first time, he reacts shocked to the fact that Rudolph has a glowing red nose. This is understandable, but when Donner mentions that it will probably stop as Rudolph gets older Santa's response is "Let's hope so if he's to make the Sleigh Team one day!" And it doesn't stop there; when Rudolph demonstrates his talent for taking off to the other reindeer, his parents, and Santa during Flight Practice Santa openly praises him for it, but the second Rudolph's nose is revealed he tells Rudolph's father "Donner, you should be ashamed of yourself! What a pity, he had a good takeoff too!" WTF is up with that? This is Santa's sleigh team, not the Third Reich! Why should a nose affect whether or not a reindeer gets to pull a sleigh?
Now I understand the other reindeer (and to some extent Rudolph's own father) shunning and outcasting him, but SANTA?!?! The embodiment of all that is good and righteous in the world?!?! There is something seriously wrong with that, and I hope I'm not the only one who thinks so. However this was fixed in the follow-up specials, and I'm happy about that
The second thing: For as horrible Santa and the other characters are, I would let it go if they ended up learning a lesson in the end. But guess what? THEY DON'T! Santa realizes Rudolph's nose can light his way through the fog and asks him to guide the sleigh. And... that's it! No apology or anything is uttered by ANYONE during this scene! It's almost like the movie's saying "Thank God there's something we can use this freak for!" Is that really the message you want to get across in a Christmas special?
Last thing, I didn't like how Hermie ended up pulling all of the Abominable Snowman's teeth. It just seemed too cruel to me
Now Rudolph the Movie manages to fix pretty much everything I don't like about this special:
-Rudolph's dad starts out embarrassed by his son, but his wife admonishes him for it and he changes his tune.
-Santa actually acts like he should
-In the end everyone sees Rudolph as someone to be valued rather than an undesirable who needs a purpose in society.
So if you're in the mood for a feel-good nostalgic Christmas film, skip RankinBass and go straight for Rudolph The Movie.