50th Anniversary: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Julia Biertempfel '16, Assistant Editor

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has its origins in a song written by Johnny Marks. This song then came to life as the stop-motion film that has charmed generations and is still fondly remembered by those who have watched it.  And 2014 was the fiftieth anniversary of Rudolph on television.

Rudolph has been a holiday staple in my house for as long as I can remember. On the first of December, when the Christmas movies emerge from an old box in the basement, I always make a beeline for Rudolph. I imagine this is the case in many other households. Given how old the movie is, I’m surprised it still affects newer generations as much as it has affected older ones.  One could suppose that is the enduring moral of the story, or simply the magic of Christmas.

After putting the DVD in (or VHS tape, if you still have it) and starting the movie, the voice of Burl Ives as the Snowman welcomes the watcher, recounting “that big snowstorm”.  It is a magical feeling that never fails to capture the heart of the ones watching the movie. It is that magical feeling one gets when singing “Silver and Gold” and the sadness we all feel when introduced to the Island of Misfit Toys that makes Rudolph a classic movie.  Rudolph has inspired the works of screenwriters such as Tim Burton and Henry Selick, the creators of The Nightmare Before Christmas.  So, even if it is not evident by the sheer amount of merchandise sold each year, Rudolph has made a cultural impact.

Rudolph has aged well and stands amongst other animated Christmas movies such as Year Without A Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman as a beloved holiday classic.  In my opinion Rudolph will always be the most beloved holiday classic.

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