Thursday, December 3, 2009
Look we're under a mistletoe do you know what that means, you have to kiss me.
Hello I am the movie encyclopedia and if no one else will see it, I will.
Well Christmas movies get churned out about ten at a time every year and one of the ones I remember the most vividly was the feature length film Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Already a huge fan of the original 1960s tv movie as well as the Christmas song, this one caught my attention as actually being rather good. Not as memorable or as interesting as the original but definetly a really good interpretation. That and it has Paul McCartney singing Wonderful Christmas Time. In an interesting piece of trivia, it was also Goodtimes Entertainments first feature length film. They had originally been known for only making short cartoon films direct to video.
The story is the same for the most part. Rudolph is a misfit who is born with a red nose instead of a black nose. He wants to be normal and goes to reindeer school like everyone else. He has great speed, sight and agility but gets disqualifed from Santa's sled duty when they learn of his abnormal nose. He then runs away and befriends a polar bear and a fox. Zoey, Rudolph's "girlfriend(?!)" decides to follow after him but gets captured by the evil Stormerella. She wants to stop Santa by creating a storm and thereby taking over the world
So Rudolph saves the day like we have all heard in the song. The End
Its a tale thats been done over and over and done to death but the acting, the twist on the classic story and the actual EFFORT they put into this movie makes it at least worth a rent. It doesnt hold a candle to the Bass/Renkin classic but good nevertheless.
MY VERDICT: RENT IT