Lessons From Rudolph

29 11 2011

Tonight is sacred at our house.  At 8:00, time officially stands still.  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer makes his annual appearance.  Perhaps what you’re doing can wait while you enjoy this Christmas classic.  There’s always tomorrow….

We’re all kids at heart even if we’re forty-eight.  Or eighty-eight.  The program’s graphic technology—claymation—will never stand up to today’s incredible CGI.  But it’s not supposed to.  Made in 1964 and untweaked, it retains its charm.  Back to a simpler time.

Here’s what Rudolph teaches us:

  • Unique gifts have a purpose.  Rudolph’s shiny nose makes for embarrassment for his career-minded father as well as the butt of jokes from his peers.  But in the end, Rudolph’s gift saves Christmas.
  • Boys love to show off for girls.  “Cuuuuutttttteeeee! She said I’m cute.!”  Our women bring out the best in us and, like Rudolph, help us to fly.
  • Bumbles bounce.  Yukon Cornelius tames the Abominable with the help of Hermie the erstwhile dentist.  Defanged, this bully is reformed and becomes a help to the North Pole community rather than a menace.  There is hope for bullies.  Just ask the Bumble.
  • You can’t run away from your problems.  Rudolph leaves home, fleeing his family, difficulty and his destiny.  After a long journey in far away places, he heads back home to embrace his life, rescuing his family in the process.  Problems are better faced than fled from.
  • There’s a place for us misfits and ragamuffins.  After Rudolph leaves home, he and his friends journey to the Island of Misfit Toys.  A sad place for toys that “don’t quite measure up.”  But when Rudolph saves Christmas by leading Santa’s team, his first stop is to pick up the misfits and find homes for them.  There’s a place for us with all our brokenness, foibles and idiosyncrasies.

Well, enough for now.  I’ve gotta get ready for the show!




4 responses

29 11 2011
Kim Colmer

We all watched it here as well…from 48 to 11 ….I told hannah they could just show this in HS for their anti-bullying crusade!

30 11 2011
Christian Fahey

It’s just such a great old film–so many layers and such fun. 🙂

2 02 2012
Интернет-магазин Вибраторов

Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I to find It truly helpful & it helped me out a lot. I am hoping to present something back and aid others such as you helped me.

2 02 2012
Christian Fahey

Thank you for reading, Gaspadin! Glad it was a help.

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