In American popular culture, there are certain Christmas specials that have transcended the generational divide, remaining go-to holiday season viewing choices for many decades after their original TV airing. Everyone who enjoys this time of year has their favorite, although some of the more commonly watched include staples like A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the Star Wars Holiday Special. Okay, maybe not so much that last one.
Arguably the grand master of such Christmas special programming was the now long-since defunct Rankin/Bass Productions. The studio behind such perennial classics as Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, Rankin/Bass is perhaps best known for their first such effort, that being 1964’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Based on the ubiquitous Christmas carol of the same name, Rudolph has long been a yearly tradition for many families, and has been introduced anew to each successive generation.
With all that good will in mind, Rudolph doesn’t necessarily seem like a logical choice to receive the Honest Trailer treatment, as fans tend to look back on the special through a holiday appropriate set of rose-colored glasses. Still, that hasn’t stopped Screen Junkies from going that route, complete with extended parody of the titular song that serves to highlight just how strange the special really is when looked at through a critical lens. Check out the full video below, and bask in the absurdity of it all.
As is thoroughly pointed out in the above Honest Trailer, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer really does tell quite the odd tale. What most people tend to remember is the main premise, which adapts the carol’s story of Rudolph being ostracized for his shiny red nose, and thus not being allowed to participate in any of the games his species are apparently famous for playing. Of course, that all changes when little Rudy is drafted by Santa to light the way during a particularly foggy Christmas Eve. The parts of the Rudolph special that tend to get less recognition are things like the trip to the Island of Misfit Toys, an elf desperately wanting to be a dentist, and a snowy encounter with an abominable snowman.
With Rudolph’s Honest Trailer now out of the way, one wonders what classic Christmas special Screen Junkies might select for some lighthearted ribbing next year. Frosty the Snowman? The Year Without a Santa Claus? Shrek the Halls? The possibilities are endless.
Source: Screen Junkies