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"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is an American television movie from 1964, so this one is already over half a century old. The original ran for 47 minutes, the disc release is almost five minutes longer. In any case, it can no longer be described as a short film by imdb standards. This is of course an animated movie and the title character is still very well-known to most people and be it only because of the famous song. The director is Larry Roemer and this is probably his most known career effort, which does not really say too much though because he wasn't that prolific. Still this is not his only work at all that he made with Rankin/Bass. There are several voice actors in here who may not be too well-known, at least not today, and that includes the one who voiced the title character, actually a woman in her 40s. The most known cast member is maybe Burl Ives thanks to his Oscar win. Now as for the film itself, you can see that the animation style here is very different from this gigantic amount of cartoon works from the Golden Age of Animation. But it is definitely easy to appreciate and I am not surprised that also so many grown-ups still enjoy this one, preferrable during the holiday season of course. But the story also offers several approaches and ideas that audiences can connect with through their own experiences, such as the underdog story, the "loving" father/parents, the physical flaw component, bullying and so on. And of course, the winter time and many many references about Christmas give it additional attention every time the last month of the year begins like Wham!'s Last Christmas does. Here in Germany, this film is probably not as famous as in other parts of the world, but really everybody knows the song. All in all, it was a good watch I guess. The best thing perhaps was the animation, but almost all characters were fun too, the story as a whole was decent (maybe 5 minutes could have been cut) and the music adds a lot too. A great watch maybe not as the emotional impact is not as massive as I hoped, but all in all there is no denying this was a convincing watch that gets a thumbs-up from me. Check it out. You still got 1.5 weeks this year. Or just watch it whenever you want.
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