Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976) Rated TV-G

Rudolph must find baby New Year before midnight on New Year’s Eve. Starring Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, and Morey Amsterdam.

This film is the continuation of Rudolph’s story. This time he is on a mission to find Happy, the baby New Year, in order to bring in the New Year. The film continues the story of Happy and Rudolph both being the butt of jokes due to their differences – Rudolph’s nose and Happy’s ears. The story holds up for the most part, but it really wasn’t the best Rankin/Bass stop-motion animation. They also didn’t do well casting the voice actors. Red Skelton and Billie Mae Richards return for their characters, but the revolving door of new characters is a struggle. There were points that I enjoyed; the islands of former New Years were kind of fun to go through, but the story didn’t hold all the charm of the original Rudolph film. This film is not worth the watch.

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