Good Morning Scriblers! J Monkeys here. I’m so sorry that I’ve missed the last two weeks! Would you believe that I’ve been so busy, I forgot it was Saturday? YIKES.
Today, in honor of the upcoming holiday, I wanted to take a moment to talk about a film that used to be a favorite of mine, but which I now loathe. Yes, I’m talking about the clay-mation classic: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.
Have you watched this movie as an adult? If you are responsible for the care of children, then you will be even more horrified. First, Rudolph’s own father basically calls him a freak for having an unusual nose and makes him hide it. Then Santa, that paragon of kindness and joy, sees it and tells Donner that his son’s not good enough to schlep a ton of toys through the sky. Then of course the flying coach, their pal, gets all the other children to join him in mocking one of the little yearlings. That’s some really awful bullying. Only when Rudolph’s nose becomes useful to Santa is he finally accepted onto the team.
It’s no better for the elves. Setting aside the terrible treatment of Herbie, watch what happens when the elves perform for Santa. They sing their little hearts out, only to have the head elf (Santa) grunt at them and dash away. What a jerk!
Even Yukon Cornelius gets in on the nasty action. Once he defeats the Bumble, he taunts him, forcibly removes his teeth, then puts that wild beast on a leash and drives him around the north pole.
I find that whenever my kids watch this movie, I have to stand there commenting how “We would never behave this way, would we!” It takes something away from the viewing experience, I think.
Both the Year Without a Santa Claus and Santa Claus is Coming to Town are better, although the later has that whole disturbing song about how if you sit on a strange man’s lap and pay the price of a kiss, you’ll get gift.
But no matter how you like your holiday movies, I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza, Happy Boxing Day, Festive Solstice and Safe New Year.