Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph Reindeer

Anna got her set of Christmas classic movies as a present for the first day of Hanukkah, and we watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I kept thinking how much this movie reminds me of Soviet movies of the same time – both in the simple way it was made and in the message. Rudolph is different, and his parents make everything possible to disguise this fact. Then he is discovered and rejected – not just by peers, but by adults as well and even by Santa himself. Of course, all ends well. Anna enjoyed Hermey the dentist elf best, since she is telling Dec14_Painting_SM us that she wants to be a dentist for months now, but honestly I don’t see her wanting to watch the movie again. I personally really didn’t like Santa in the movie and thought that he is a rather grumpy and whiny old man.

On the positive side, after watching a movie, Anna expressed the desire to make another of our preplanned Christmas projects – a handprint/footprint reindeer. She insisted that reindeer parts have to be prints and not tracings. In fact, she was so fired up that she grabbed a brush and started painting her foot herself. However, she declared the project Dec15_Reindeercompleted directly after the prints were done, and very  reluctantly assembled her reindeer the next day arguing with me that he has to have a mouse. I still think that the end result is rather cute, and we are going to send it to Oma and Opa in their Christmas package.

8 comments:

Eva said...

hehe very cute craft!

Mari-Ann said...

My husband and I feel the same way about this movie. Funny though, I loved it when I was a child. Now as a parent I see so many flaws in it.

Love the craft - Anna did a GREAT job!! (as always!) :)

Debbie said...

I love the craft she made, that is so cute! Selena doesn't have the same fondness for these type of movies. She could care less about Santa movies, and anything to do with reindeer. It's like she can't wrap her little mind around such an idea.

Cindy said...

I have to honest, even though all of my kids have watched this movie I haven't sat down to watch it for a few yrs. I usually do the dishes or whatever. I will have to check it out. I am sure it will be TV over the next few days. Odd that Santa is grumpy. I remember loving this one as a kid.

Great gift idea for Oma and Opa. They should frame it and put it out each year. Make sure to put Anna's age on the back.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I loved this movie as a child. It used to be on television every year. But, when I went to show it to the children, I was really disappointed - the theme, and characters, the added non-Christmasy elements, are not very nice at all. We'll stick with Veggie Tales :)

Ticia said...

I'm with you on finding Rudolph kind of disappointing and being very disappointed with all of the adults in the film. I bet she'll like the sequel much better: "Rudolph's Shiny New Year," my kids have watched it about 5 times.

Elsie said...

I am so glad to hear someone else not like the Santa in this movie. What kind of Santa makes fun of a reindeer for being different? As a child, this was one I always watched. But as an adult, not my favorite at all. In fact, I have really had a hard time finding an appropriate Christmas movie for the kids..

Susana said...

What a sweet gift to send to the grandparents. I have never seen a Rudolph like this one before, but it is absolutely adorable. I may have Jack do a tiny like it. It is so cute!

Even though my kids watch Rudolph each year, and I watched it growing up, and it is a classic....I am not a fan of it either. Luckily, we've had so many other things to watch so far this year, the kids haven't pulled it out:-). I do love Frosty though.

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