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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • NR
  • 52m
  • 1964
Common Sense Media Iconage 3+
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Have a holly jolly Christmas with the most famous reindeer of all in the original holiday special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! After being told he could not play in any Reindeer Games due to his glowing nose, Rudolph sets out on a fantastic journey where he meets Hermey the elf, prospector Yukon Cornelius and a host of Misfit Toys, all while trying to hide from the Abominable Snow Monster. It's a race against time as his family and Clarice try to find him during a big snowstorm that threatens to cancel Christmas. Based on the timeless story and song, the Rankin/Bass production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer features groundbreaking "Animagic" stop-motion animation, narration by Burl Ives and unforgettable songs including "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "Silver and Gold" and "We're a Couple of Misfits." It's pure holiday magic for the entire family!
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a yule-tide gem that bursts with eye-popping iconography, a spirited soundtrack, and a heart-warming celebration of difference.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Heartwarming for all ages, some old-school content.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a holiday TV classic based on the popular Christmas song. While it initially treats physical differences as undesirable, it ultimately has a great message about nonconformity: Just be yourself, don't worry if you don't fit in, and there's strength in teamwork. Rudolph and friends show courage and perseverance to defeat the Abominable Snow Monster and save Christmas. Kids will likely get the message, and even for the youngest ones, the cute little reindeer and musical numbers -- as cheesy as they might seem now -- will hold their interest. Even the show's "scary" villain, the Abominable Snow Monster (or "Bumble") becomes a friend in the end. All of that said, the film has outdated gender and race representations and sexist comments that parents should point out to kids.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:December 6, 1964
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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