Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer1964

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)




Critic Consensus: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a yule-tide gem that bursts with eye-popping iconography, a spirited soundtrack, and a heart-warming celebration of difference.

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This stop-motion animagic version of the classic Christmas tale adds a bit of a twist when Rudolph encounters an abominable snowman. This was made for TV and features Burl Ives as the narrator.

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Burl Ives
as Sam the Snowman
Paul Soles
as Hermey
Larry Mann
as Yokon Cornelius
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Critic Reviews for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

In some sense one might think of it as the mother recipe of the American Christmas special.

December 14, 2018 | Full Review…

This classic tale is still beloved today, as its feel-good story about the most famous reindeer of all wins every kid (and, fine, adult) over.

November 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Rudolph would be nothing without its colorful cast of supporting characters-none of which Marks apparently felt worthy of inclusion in his original song.

November 20, 2018 | Full Review…

All these years later, as a reminder that every oddball fits in somewhere, it still shines. You could even say it glows.

September 7, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Rudolph set the template for dozens of specials to come, from the theme of acceptance to celebrity narrators and original songs, but few ever matched the captivating high of the godfather of Christmas specials.

December 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The characters in this Christmas special really make it... Rudolph and Hermey are wonderful examples of lovable misfits. And the wonderful thing about this special is that neither of these characters changes to fit their surroundings.

November 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The greatest christmas special of all time, a truly amazing gift to all.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

The animation in this film still amazes. There's something about stop-motion and Christmas that just works so well together. Rankin and Bass successfully extend the famous song to 50 minutes of pure joy. The film is pretty bizarre at times and also manages to be scary. The face of the abominable snowman is a freaky and disturbing at first. Rudolph meets up with a number of misfits looking for their place in life. Some of the film is dated and the morals are suspect at times. Santa is a bit of a prick in this film. He shuns Rudolph in the cruelest ways, but is also mean and cantankerous to everyone. He shows no enthusiasm during the elves song, and only really pays attention to Rudolph when he needs him. A story about finding your place in life, or using people when you need them? It's open for debate. Luckily, children wont be as confused by these complex and twisted dealings going on. There's a nice pace, even if the songs sound scratchy and monotone.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

This is a classic Christmas movie, I watched all the time when I was a kid, and I think kids today will continue to enjoy it. It's got good songs and great clay animation, I really like it, and I recommend it for your Christmastime viewing this year.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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