Twelve Movies Moving – Fourth Day: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Hey, everyone, Rudolph is on TV this weekend! Let’s pay homage to that by remembering how 100% completely effed up it is!

Hard Ticket to Home Video

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)


I’m switching things up a bit today. This isn’t the usual synopsis-style review, since everyone’s seen Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer about 537,000 times. It’s probably the most beloved Christmas classic of all time. When I was a kid, I would always look forward to its annual airing on TV like it was the Super Bowl. But as I grow older, and my brain gets more and more crotchety, I can’t help but notice some really disturbing things going on in this movie, and the very weird messages it conveys. I know it was a different time when Rudolph was made, and we’ve come a long way since then, for better or worse, and what was acceptable 40+ years ago is a little disturbing now. (Yes, I know it’s just an old children’s movie meant to get you in the Christmas spirit, but “overanalyzing movies…

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