Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Director: Larry Roemer

Cast: Larry Roemer, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles


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This stop-motion animagic version of the classic Christmas tale adds a bit of a twist when Rudolph encounters an abominable snowman. This was made for TV and features Burl Ives as the narrator. ~ All Movie Guide  See more details below


This stop-motion animagic version of the classic Christmas tale adds a bit of a twist when Rudolph encounters an abominable snowman. This was made for TV and features Burl Ives as the narrator. ~ All Movie Guide

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The holidays just wouldn't be the same without Linus explaining "what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown," the Grinch carving the roast beast, or Rudolph coming to the rescue of the abandoned Misfit Toys. Based on the beloved Johnny Marks song, this was the first, and best, of the Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated holiday specials. Rudolph, whose red nose makes him a North Pole outcast, teams up with kindred misfit spirit Hermey, an elf who aspires to dentistry, and prospector Yukon Cornelius, on an odyssey that leads them to a showdown with the Abominable. The "Bumble," as Cornelius refers to him, has captured Clarice, a young doe whose fondness for Rudolph led her to recklessly go off in search of him. Well, when Rudolph and Clarice return to the North Pole, amid a ferocious storm sure to cancel Santa's annual mission, the reindeer-with-your-nose-so-bright's destiny becomes apparent. And then, when Cornelius and Hermey -- presumed doomed -- return with the defanged Bumble in tow, it's among the most heartwarming finales in the Christmas-classic canon. The superb soundtrack includes "Holly Jolly Christmas," "Jingle Jingle Jingle," "We're a Couple of Misfits," "There's Always Tomorrow," "The Most Wonderful Day of the Year," and "Silver and Gold." Rudolph is presented on DVD fully restored with footage that was deleted over the years for its annual television broadcasts.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An instant classic when first broadcast in 1964, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has become a Christmas tradition for millions of families. While the stop-motion animation in Rudolph may seem primitive by contemporary standards, it's still a visually effective piece, thanks in large part to the simple but engaging character design. More importantly, the script is a real winner, with lovable and clearly-drawn characters, amusing dialogue and a heartwarming, engrossing story. Using the famous title song as its basis, the script adds in such delightful touches as an Abominable Snowman, an Island of Misfit Toys, and a curious elf who wants nothing more than to be a dentist. Rudolph is also blessed with a charming score, highlighted by the Christmas-themed "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Silver and Gold." Both of these are performed by narrator Burl Ives, who brings a delightful folksy quality to the proceedings. The vocal cast is strong overall, and Larry Roemer's direction is efficient and professional. While the film's creaky production values diminish its appeal somewhat, it's still fine holiday entertainment.

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Disc #1 -- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
1. Newspaper Opening [:30]
2. Sam the Snowman [2:16]
3. Opening Credits [1:08]
4. Rudolph Enters [1:24]
5. "Jingle, Jingle, Jingle" [2:14]
6. Christmas Elves [1:44]
7. Hermey "Misfit" Solo [:59]

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up watching this as a t.v. special. Burl Ives adds real warmth to a wonderful story. I humbly admit to watching this video many times throughout the year, it's simply a classic. Get it and share it with your kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm twelve and have watched this and all the other Rankin/Bass Christmas movie since I was little. This one is my favorite. My dad even sits down and watches it with me. Everyone loves this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
we do not have the movie so we watch our local tv channel to see rudolph with his red nose come on the tv, and my children love the abominal snow man, well we love all the charactors on rudolph, we watch other shows with rudolph but rudolph the red nosed reindeer is our all time favorite, and the kids today love the grinch
Guest More than 1 year ago
the only bad thing i can think about this show is santa and rudolphs dad are sooooo mean but as a kid raised by a tv dang this show was actually helpful to me letting me know people are different and that is ok.. it's an absolute treasure and holds a warm warm place in my heart
Guest More than 1 year ago
For years already is Rudolph my favorite Xmas item. Since about 10 years i am collecting everything thast has to do with that lovable reindeer. For years it was not clear were the story came from. But sice internet 2 years ago for me it helps me more. Now i hpoe to people who want to contact me about this for me favorite reindeer. I thank all the people who already did so much work about Rudolph. Tank you all and to all of you a very happy 2003.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer is indeed the most marvelous Christmas film ever! It is one of many superb animated films written by a great man named Romeo Muller. Rudolph is doubtless his best-loved work. I remember watching the film as a child, delighted and enraptured by the story that it told. Do you remember? Sam the Snowman as narrator (voiced and sung in the performance of a lifetime by Burl Ives) Rudolph the misfit and rejected reindeer Rudolph's friend, Hermy the Elf, also a misfit because he doesn't like to make toys but wants to be a dentist Yukon Cornelius, the prospector who befriends them both the Abominable Snowmonster of the North (whom Yukon, in prospector slang, invariably calls a "bumble") the Island of Misfit Toys, and its winged lion ruler, King Moonracer and many other characters and story threads. The presentation, interweaving, and resolution of all of these elements is positively Shakespearean in deftness, wit, poetic beauty and brevity of expression, depth, pathos, joy, moral instruction, and the sense that all ends as indeed it should. Grounded in a deep and sparkling love of all creation, these qualities characterize all of Romeo Muller's films. If you will see it devotedly--indeed, if you will see any and all of Romeo's films--you will become a finer, more compassionate, and a more truly loving human being.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We need more of this type of entertainment. Today everyone is so concerned about everything else to get ratings on TV and no one makes classics like this anymore. It's such a great twist on the holiday and is very kid-to-adult friendly. Clever story.
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