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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie [VHS] (1998)

John Goodman , Bob Newhart , William R. Kowalchuk Jr.  |  G |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Goodman, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, Eric Pospisil, Kathleen Barr
  • Directors: William R. Kowalchuk Jr.
  • Writers: Michael Aschner, Robert May
  • Producers: Andrew Greenberg, Eric Ellenbogen, Jean Rogers, Jonathan Flom, Seth Willenson
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Good Times Video
  • VHS Release Date: December 11, 2001
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305056862
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,040 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

The all-new adventures of Rudolph! Laughed at because of his nose, he runs away into the North Pole wilderness, where he meets a gentle polar bear. When his friend Zoey, an attractive young doe, is captured by evil Ice Queen Stormella, Rudolph helps Santa save Christmas. A merry mix of music and magic, with eight original songs plus Paul and Linda McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime." Color, Closed Captioned, Not Rated but suitable for all audiences, Approx Running Time 90 minutes. Starring the voices of John Goodman, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds and Whoopi Goldberg.

Competing with the time-tested, 1964 original Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, with the abominable snowman, the misfit toys, the lovably clunky motion, and Burl Ives as narrator, is no easy task. So this feature-length, animated musical skirts a straight squaring-off of versions. The story line is a bit more complex, with the abominable snowman's antagonist role played by the Whoopi Goldberg-voiced Ice Queen, Stormella, and Rudolph's running buddies depicted as a polar bear (excellently voiced by Bob Newhart) and, not surprisingly, a cutesy doe, Zoey. The animation is first-rate and completely convincing, making this new Rudolph ideal for the discriminating 3- to 7-year-old viewer. Stormella looks for all the world like a hybrid of King Triton and Ursula, the Sea Witch from Disney's The Little Mermaid. As for the story, none of it is either heavyhanded on the good versus evil front for the younger set, or so sappy that it's intolerable for adults. As with so many animated features this decade, the presence of seasoned actors with experience in comedy makes for dialogue that's entertainingly nuanced. Since there are moments of tension and conflict, the comic relief is important and unmistakable, even for younger viewers. The themes are the same as the original, and the ultimate embrace by Santa (done well by John Goodman) of Rudolph's difference still packs a good lesson. --Andrew Bartlett

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful update on a timeless classic! January 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Being a long time fan of the original "Rudolph" series that airs every Christmas, this video caught my eye with its all-star cast. I believe this movie is a great triumph for Goodtimes Entertainment! I found the animation to be superb and the songs endearing. This film pulled me in from beginning to end...I kept expecting to see the original story line, but this fresh new twist I found to be very contemporary by today's standards. John Goodman and Whoppi Goldberg portrayed their characters with humor and heart felt goodness. Though I must admit there is a certain level of violence invloved, but nothing shy of what one might find in a Disney movie today. I was however upset to find that the video was not recorded in Hi-Fi Stereo. The CD sound track is wonderfully mastered in Dolby stereo. I have since bought the DVD release of this film and though the special features are not on par with other DVD manufacturers, it brought the Dolby 2.0 sound I wanted to hear. It's not 5.1 DD sound, but I'm still delighted. I spoke with Goodtimes Entertainment on numerous occasions about the production of this film and they somewhat admitted they were pushed for time on its release date. The voice synch did not get polished as others have mentioned in their reviews. I still really like the movie and stand behind my comments!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First don't compare, then see it for what it is December 1, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I and my children really enjoyed this version of rudolph. Interestingly enough, this was the first version my children saw before the original Rudolph of so many years ago. What's wrong with a different twist almost 40 years later. Is the world suppose to stop back in 1964. Don't get me wrong I love the original Rudolph. I'm not particular to the follow up movies to it, but the original was a classic.

But this isn't the movie nor would I want it to be. This is a fresh take a new look, a new feel, and most of all just fun.

It has good messages to it and while sure I prefer my girls to see stuff like everafter and ella, there is also a place for the damsel to need saving, why because she is still strong willed, but admit it most women want to be a damsel in distress from time to time, whether its a mouse, a spider, or something more substantial. Come on its how rudolph shows he cares and is willing to go through anything for love.

now with all that said. This film is in its own right a classic, but it never got a chance to really shine because to many people compare it to something 40 years ago. Its the same fate that the new superman movie will befall, especially after reeve's death, and that is it will be forever compared to the original, no matter how good it is. All the actors who played bond after Connery have always been compared to Connery.

I just feel its sort of sad to see such an excellent film such as this be pushed to the wayside because it doesn't measure up to something it was never intended to be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie to see. July 28, 2002
By A Customer
This movie is great. Very good details of the characters. I really like the movie. The sound track is hard to find, but the music is great.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars some parts very scary for young children November 26, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I expected this video to be a very enjoyable, light, happy story about Rudolph whom my children love. Instead we found a movie which has Rudolph lost at times, confronted by very scary wolves and other forest animals. One reindeer friend Zoe is imprisoned by the ice witch, Stormella, and various other things happen which are actually very scary for young (under 5) children. At one point Stormella sings a song with the refrain "I hate Santa Claus" and lights a fire in the chimney so Santa is set on fire! The movie ends with a happy ending but I think some parents will be surprised and dismayed at the overall negative storyline which is very unexpected. I would not recommend this video for under 5 year old children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical! June 28, 2012
Albeit I have very fond memories that involve viewing the older adaption of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" I have also always enjoyed this version as well, for a number of reasons:

1. Cupid, my favorite reindeer, is featured in this film. Usually, Cupid does not appear in any Christmas specials, but I was happy to see him in this one.

2. A love interest similar to Clarice is featured in this adaption. Clarice was always a favorite character of mine and the highlight of the 1964 version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and seeing a similar character in this movie made me enjoy it even further.

3. A bully is added to the cast of characters of this film whose anger and hatred for Rudolph makes the story interesting.

I definitely would recommend that you purchase a copy of this film right away, because you are missing out on a lot. This is a fun, underated film that would probably have gained more popularity had it premiered before the 1964 re-telling of Rudolph's story. I love the older version still, but I also adore this one, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rudolph movie ever! December 19, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is the best. Dont listen to the people who dont like it-they are just jealous because this movie is better than that old 1964 one with horable sound and bad picture. This movie has perfect sound and great picture. Rudolph is so cute! With some extra characters and events (The fairies were annoying,though)this movie is the best!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie as a kid
Loved this movie as a kid, and this was the only one that would play on a US DVD player!
Published 3 days ago by Caitlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun Rudolph movie!
This was one of my favorite Christmas movies as a child, and it still is. It is a new take on a beloved Christmas song, the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Yankee Doodle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great quality. My done loves this movie!
Published 2 months ago by Maureen Schell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A nice addition to my collection.
Published 3 months ago by I. Kozlik
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!
This has a way of keeping you in front of the tv. Its cute and good for kids. Imagine: snow outside, hot cocoas inside, kids curled up in blankies, and this movie playing.
Published 4 months ago by Pamela Bristlin
5.0 out of 5 stars A further adventure of "the most famous reindeer of all"
A delightful continuation of the saga of Rudolph. Kids (of ALL ages!) will be sure to enjoy it! A valuable addition to any DVD library.
Published 6 months ago by Chester Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a great movie with an awesome message! I would recommend buying it for any age. A must at Christmas time.
Published 8 months ago by Mom of 2
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for that White Christmas
How can anyone start the Christmas season without these timeless classics? Its harder and harder now-a-days to wait the CBS, NBC, or ABC to air these traditional Christmas... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kingo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Rudolph movie
My kids love the Rudolph still animation classics with Rudolph but they enjoy this alternative story. And of course they like the music including the Paul McCartney song.
Published 8 months ago by Anthony Ackerman
5.0 out of 5 stars It was exactly what I was looking for!
This was my daughter's favorite Christmas movie from when she was little. Our VHS broke about 5 years ago and she has asked me to find this movie each year. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Connelly
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