This is a very Christmassy film indeed. Narrated by a jolly snowman (voiced by Burl Ives) and set in the snowy north pole with poseable big eyed woolly reindeer and stylish landscapes, the whole thing looks very cute and very kitsch in that 60's way.
Rudolph the red nose reindeer's story we all know from the classic christmas song (upon which this film is based). It's his rise from being the outcast with his shiny red nose, to being the hero BECAUSE of his shiny red nose. The whole theme of the film is the triumph of the misfits.
Along for Rudolph's journey is fellow outcast, the blonde quiffed, big eyed elf Herbie who also doesn't fit in with his peers. He's not happy making toys and instead comes out of the closet as a wannabe ... dentist. Yes, it's true. I told you this was kitsch.
But there is genuine humour too, more advanced than i expected. It's a colourful sugary Christmassy world but it totally knows it and is not afraid to send itself up. For example, the elves perform a nauseatingly gleeful song they wrote especially for Santa only for him to declare 'hmm - it needs more work' and storm out, clearly overdosing on all that elfy sugar.
So it's a good all rounder. Good festive story and plenty of interesting characters. Kids will be entranced and adults will be amused. An inventive, sweet and very 60's world. A true Christmas classic.