Thread: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" turns 50

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    • 4 years 8 months ago
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    For those who are not aware, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Rankin-Bass holiday classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" first airing on TV. The special aired for the first time in December 1964 and has aired every year since, making it the longest-running holiday special!
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    • 4 years 8 months ago
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    CBS has been running 50th anniversary promos. I saw one for the NFL on CBS and a local affiliate one.
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    • 4 years 8 months ago
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    Happy birthday to an animated classic
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    • 4 years 8 months ago
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    Still a favorite of mine since I first saw it waay back in 1964. Even today it seems impossible for anyone to resist that wonderful combination of stop-motion animation, delightful dialog and the beautiful music.

    For me, it was the "Island of Misfit Toys" that set me to love this holiday special all of my life.

    Watch how beautifully the song answers Hermey the Elf's question. And it truly is an outstanding song totally aimed at children with just the right balance of the sadness of being a misfit but full of the hope that Christmas brings every year:

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    • 4 years 7 months ago
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    Did anyone watch Babes in Toyland this year?
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    12 years later, Rankin-Bass made Rudolph's Shiny New Year. It was on TV last night. I had heard about it before but I don't think I ever got to watch. The concept is great! The baby new year is missing and if it's not found, it will stay December 31 of the old year forever. The new year may have gone missing because of a monstrous creature who just wants to extend his own existence. Due to his superior navigation capabilities, Rudolph (Billie May Richards, returning from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) is enlisted by Santa Claus (Paul Frees) to assist Father Time (Red Skelton) in recovering the new year.

    Unfortunately the execution of this special leaves much to be desired. New puppets were made for Rudolph and Santa, and they look different enough from the preceding story as to be distracting. Rudolph has a long way to travel, and for reasons unexplained, he alternates between walking and riding on a very slow camel instead of flying. Next, he finally meets Father Time, who sets Rudolph on his quest with a song in which he mispronounces the word 'archipelago' about 50 times. This also distracted me and I found it very annoying as well. Right after that, Rudolph began the next part of his journey with a flying leap, then continued walking. At this point I turned it off, regretting only that I did not get to see Morey Amsterdam's part.
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    • 4 years 5 months ago
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    What a great movie, I would watch it every year at the grandparents on Christmas eve.
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    • 4 years 19 days ago
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    Belated Happy Birthday.
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