Monday, 23 December 2013

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Review (Updated)









Rudolph the Red Nosed 
Reindeer: The Movie


Release Date: 16th October 1998 - USA


Production Companies
GoodTime Entertainment 
(presents)
Cayre Brothers (producer)
GT Merchandising and
Licensing (created by)
Golden Books Family Entertainment (producer)
Tundra Productions (produced by)
Rudolph Productions


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 90 minutes


Budget: US$10,000,000

Box Office Gross: $113,484
(USA)


Plot Summary
Young Rudolph suffers a
childhood accident that sees
his nose turn from the
publicly accepted norm
of black to a glowing red
colour. His parents worry
about him getting teased,
and indeed does in the end.

When he is disqualified in
the reindeer games by his
rival for a doe he fancies,
Rudolph runs away and
moves into a cave with
Slyly the Fox. However
can he overcome his
fear and reach his true
potential.


Voice Cast
Kathleen Barr - Older Rudolph/
Twinkle the Sprite
Eric Popisil - Young Rudolph
John Goodman - Santa Claus
Whoopi Goldberg - Stormarella 
Eric Idle - Slyly the Fox
Bob Newhart - Leonard the 
Polar Bear
Debbie Reynolds - Mrs. Santa 
Claus/Mitzi/Mrs. Prancer 
Garry Chalk - Blitser 
Myriam Sirios - Older Zoey/
Glitter the Sprite/Schoolroom 
Doe #1
Vanessa Morley - Young Zoey
Richard Simmons - Boone
Alec Willows - Doggie/
Prancer
Christopher Gray - Young
Arrow
Matt Hill - Arrow/Donner 

Crew
Producer/Director - William
R. Kowalchuk Jr.
Based on Story - Robert May
Writer - Michael Aschner
Character Design - Phil Mendez
Art Directors - Xhang Min-Fang
and Chen Xi-Feng
Supervising Editor - W. R. Kowalchuk
Film Editor - Tom Hok
Music and Lyrics - Al Kasha 
and Michael Lloyd


Review
Frankly, this isn't the holiday movie what it used to be. This had taught me about the 1998 movie of RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER as it seems alright for young kids who only put their faith on Christmas cheers. Sadly, how in-genuine is the animation not exactly looking as a Disney-like theatrical style than to be released on home entertainment or to television? Not naturally enough, there are some of the film's show-tunes that are sickly-sweet of average or forgettable save just a few just located. Two of the good songs is "Show Me the Light" which in fact is a could have-been ballad for Disney. The latter "It Could Always Be Worse" is a reminder and maybe homage to the one we remember in a Monty Python comedy. Good thing it might be Eric Idle brought this catchy idea to the film's songwriters. The festive classical song about Rudolph is also there for usual.

The voice acting is at the point decent, I'm much fine of John Goodman voicing Santa and it's delightful he plays the mythical figure so kind and a basic father figure to Rudolph. It seems ironic that he would voice again as Santa, only this time as an evil mechanical version in an episode of FUTURAMA. Also featured is the aforementioned Python veteran Idle who it's so hard to recognize him doing an American impersonation for his fox character? The other notable star Whoopi Goldberg provides the voice spontaneously for Stormarella the female villainous snow queen.

Shame it actually has a good message and there isn't much more humanizing. Probably not consider it as my favourite and just only recommend it as a part-time enjoyable festive movie for some families.

Star rating: (3/5) Average


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