I realize I'm subject to A LOT of unpopular opinions that not many people want to hear, but I just have to get this one off my chest. I HATE this special! It's so... well, why don't I just get to my review. Just a quick note, I won't be doing a technical aspects portion of my review, mainly because all of my points will pretty much boil down to: "It's just your typical 60s-late 80's low budget fare" Let's begin:
POSITIVE MESSAGES/ROLE MODELS: This is probably where the film fails the most; it has a TERRIBLE moral! Sure, they make it seem like it's the simple "don't judge a book by it's cover" message, but that is a big fat lie! The REAL moral is "You should never blindly except someone who seems different, first they must prove their usefulness to you." Uhh... excuse me? Yes, I know that this is a product of the times, but even today millions of people are falling prey to the terrible messages this film sends. Also, the sexism... again, it's a product of the times, but it's just so cringe-inducing! In my opinion, the film completely falls apart by the line "No, this is man's work". Oh, but don't worry! The females are going on a separate rescue mission, maybe they'll shine through as the heroes! No. Instead the females get kidnapped by a monster and the males need to save them. There's another lesson for ya' kids: "Hard work should be left to the men, and women are helpless for themselves" Isn't that just a great lesson?
VIOLENCE: Some scary imagery, especially from a snow monster. May scare younger children.
SEXUAL CONTENT: A bland love-interest whose only personality trait is being a "supportive female" tells Rudolph she thinks he's cute. They later share a quick kiss under the mistletoe by the end of the film.
LANGUAGE: Dated sexist language that will make you cringe, not to mention name-calling and overall mean-spiritness.
CONSUMERISM: Special has spawned a big franchise including a spot on ABC's 25 Days of Christmas block, toys, storybooks, dvds, and many sequels and spinoffs.
I firmly believe that this is the most overrated holiday special of all time, it's low budget, it has contrived and mediocre song numbers, it has bad animation, it has extremely mean-spirited overtones, it has dated dialogue we wouldn't want the new young generation to get the idea of in their head, and worst of all, a TERRIBLE moral. I get that many like this due to the nostalgia factor (or heck, maybe they like ti for what it is), but nostalgia doesn't save this one for me, and you are all free to agree to disagree. Hey, if you think this holiday special is bad, try watching "Spookley the Square Pumpkin"!