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12-14-08 Max Fleischer – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Posted by Sean on December 14, 2008

12 Days of Christmas, huh? I prefer another Christmas song myself.

When I was a child, I was absolutely obsessed with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It’s not hard to see why; the story of an outsider who gains acceptance with the very thing that makes him an outsider would appeal to any lonely little kid. So, if you don’t mind, I think I’ll indulge myself the next couple days with a Rudolph kick.

Johnny Marks was the first to adapt the story of Rudolph, originally written in 1939 by Robert L. May for Montgomery Ward, to song back in the 1940s. In 1948, Max Fleischer directed a short based on the song for the Jam Handy Corporation, which made industrial films (including MST3K victims like Hired! and The Selling Wizard). Monkey Ward and Jam Handy aren’t around anymore but, with YouTube, Fleischer’s cartoon remains.

On the one hand, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer can’t hold a candle to the Superman shorts of the 1940s, which were Fleischer Studio’s highwater mark, or even the more primitive, but entertaining, Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons.

On ther other hand, I like how Fleischer told the story. It’s the dream of every misfit set to celluloid: some crazy guy in a weird costume busting into your home and telling you, “We need your special talents, and we need them right now.”

Besides, Rudolph’s mom is hot.

Courtey of MatineeattheBijou9.


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