Christmas Classic 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer' Special Under Fire For 'Disturbing' Themes

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Christmas is right around the corner and you know what that means? It's time to crack out the mulled wine and switch on a Christmas movie every evening after work.

Elf, Die Hard, Home Alone - there are a whole bunch of feel-good festive films to flick through. But while we were hoping to get into the mood, it seems as though there are a few choices we'll be avoiding this year.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is the latest movie on the naughty list after it was seemingly "exposed" for containing some "disturbing truths."

For those of you that haven't watched it, it tells the story of a young reindeer called Rudolph (obviously) who lives at the North Pole. While training to become one of Santa's official reindeers, the little animal realizes his so-called weaknesses - more specifically his red nose - is actually one of his greatest strengths.

The storyline sounds pretty wholesome, right? Well, it seems as though some people have now decided otherwise.

In an article for Cinema Blend, author Mick Joest listed seven disturbing reasons why Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is not as nice as everyone thinks it is.

Up first, Joest explained that Santa was actually an "a******" in the movie, writing that he "basically tells Donner he needs to handle Rudolph's glowing nose shortly after seeing his child for the first time."

He also goes on to threaten him, saying that Rudolph will have no chance of joining his sleigh team if he doesn't fix his nose, which causes Donner to shove a prosthetic over his son's face in order to protect his legacy.
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964). Credit: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy
Then we have the apparent issue with Hermey the elf.

Joest describes him as a "sadistic psychopath" - which is a pretty harsh conclusion, if I may add - later clarifying it was because of his wild obsession to become a dentist.

"Has anyone ever wondered where he got all those realistic teeth he put in those dolls?" The author questioned.

Up next we have another problem with elves, but this time it's a bit of a personal issue.

"Outside of a tall and nerdy elf, a portly elf, Hermey and the head elf, however, they all look the same. It makes one wonder if they might be into some inbreeding."

I'm not going to lie, I laughed out loud at this one.

Joest continues to explain that it's probably "a necessary mode of survival and not because they're freaky like that."

I mean, that would be the obvious explanation, of course.

The final four reasons highlighted in the article range from Clarice and Rudolph's apparently "shallow" relationship to Rudolph's family missing out on his childhood. Yukon Cornelius was also branded "mentally unstable" by the author while he also went on to slam the competitive nature of the sled-pulling industry due to the job rate being "astronomically low."

Yeah, let's just hope this was a satirical piece because I'm not completely sold on the overall "disturbing" nature of it.

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