December 1, 2005


You know the Rankin/Bass stop-motion holiday classic Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer that plays on TV every year around this time? It was on CBS this evening. I love the show as much as the next guy, but a couple of things have always rankled me.

1. Skinny Santa is mean, really mean.

2. The Burl Ives snowman plays his banjo during some of the songs, but there is no banjo on the soundtrack.

3. Charlie in the Box is terrifying.

4. Owls at the North Pole?

5. The Abominable Snow Monster should be bloody after having all his teeth ripped out.

6. Hermey is a terrible name.

7. There's nothing wrong with the doll on the Island of Misfit Toys so why is she on the Island of Misfit Toys? (according to this site the problem is psychological)

8. King Moonracer is an Aslan ripoff.

9. Yukon Cornelius is a Yosemite Sam ripoff.

10. Did I mention Santa is kind of an ass? Also, he only has 4 fingers. Terrifying.

As an aside what in the world was up with the "Ronald McDonald and I'm loving it" ad that appeared during the middle of the show? Ronald McDonald is frightening enough on his own, but hard rocking Ronald stage diving into the crowd is terrifying? Is the McDonald Corporation trying to hurt my mind?

posted at 01:35 AM by raul

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12/01/05 02:06 AM

12/01/05 08:46 PM

haha! You make some great points! Except my daughter does an amazingly accurate imitation of the Charlie in the Box. It makes everyone he's not quite so scary to us. It's just not Christmas, though, until you've watched Rudolph. :)

12/24/05 08:06 AM

it has always bothered me that Santa is so mean in this show. He is really selfish and nasty. Plus, with one meal he goes from 100 lbs to 450 lbs. That Mrs. Claus must be quite a cook. But, I do agree, it isn't Christmas until I've seen the show, and I hate to admit it, but I've seen it every year for over 40!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!


02/27/11 11:45 PM

This was around before Aslan! :O

12/07/11 10:43 AM

Nope. Narnia was finished in 1954. Whereas this Rudolf adaptation was produced in 1964.

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