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

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.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 1, 1964
DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

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

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A holiday must-watch (if your kids aren't scared silly by the Abominable Snowman, as I was).

Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Maybe the ultimate Christmas TV special.

Colette DeDonato
Common Sense Media

Parents will no doubt have memories of this delightful film, which first aired in 1964, from their own childhoods. And you can't watch it without appreciating the simplicity of a pre-computer-animation world.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

A paean to nonconformity that would be startling today, it must have been downright shocking in pre-hippie 1964, when it debuted.

Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

The beauty of this film is that it was made before the hype that's surrounded both the holiday season and kids entertainment since the late 1970s.

Michael Dequina

Still retains its charm and all-ages appeal decades after its original broadcasts.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

One of the most beautiful, heartfelt holiday programs ever aired on broadcast television.

Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Careter
The greatest christmas special of all time, a truly amazing gift to all.
Michael Edwards
such an adorable and heart warming childeren's Christmas classic that is enjoyable for the whole family
Luke Baldock
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… More
KJ Proulx
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a fantastic masterpiece for kids, who will be cheering for the animation alone. As though it may often become scary to watch… More
Aj V
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… More
Richard C