Our No. 6 film beat out Charlie Brown by one vote. Poor Chuck!
We’re nearly six more days until this list is over and I can relax and wrap my Christmas gifts. Okay, it doesn’t take up that much of my time, plus I enjoy doing it.
Anyway, here’s No. 6…
No. 6 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Directed by: Kizo Nagashima and Larry Roemer. Starring: Burl Ives.
Total Points: 114 (Highest Rank No. 2. Named on 27 ballots (77-percent) with an average ranking of 4.2. Ranked No. 8 on Kevy’s ballot).
Plot Outline: A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.
Memorable Quote: Santa Claus: From what I see now, that will cut through the murkiest storm they can dish up. What I’m trying to say is, Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight? Rudolph: It will be an honor, sir.
My take on the film: Has anyone noticed how rude Santa is in this TV special? We just sat and watched this special for the first time in years and realized how rude Santa is. He gets mad at Donner for letting Rudolph come out to reindeer practice and gets frustrated with the elves song they made for him. Anyway, the film is about Rudolph and how he saved Christmas from a horrible storm and how the red-nosed reindeer guided Santa’s sleigh and helped find homes for the misfit toys. It’s a classic Christmas movie, that’s why it’s on the list and was named on 77-percent of the ballots, third among all movies on the list.
Fun facts about the special: After an outcry of protest insisting on a happy ending for the Misfit Toys, new scenes were animated depicting Santa’s sleigh rescuing them and finding homes for them all.