Monday, December 30, 2013

Toons After Dark: Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1975)

11 years after his television debut, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer returned, this time in Rudolph's Shiny New Year,  which aired on ABC instead of NBC or CBS, the latter of which has been home to Rudolph's original special for the last several years.

After returning to the North Pole following a successful Christmas Eve tour of the globe, Rudolph is asked by Father Time to locate the missing Baby New Year. Apparently, that red beak qualifies Rudolph (Billie Richards) as a detective of some kind. Anyway, aside from the omnipresent Paul Frees, long-time Hanna-Barbera icon Don Messick, Morey Amsterdam (ex-The Dick Van Dyke Show), & Frank Gorshin round out the cast, with narrator Red Skelton.

Here's a trailer from Warnervod:

It would only take three more years for Rudolph's next adventure. Meh.

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

Christmas so often is the focus of specials while NYE and Thanksgiving are often overlooked!

I remember seeing this one many times (even as recently as last week during an RB marathon!) and though it's not quite up to Rudolph's original outing, it's still good fun. I thought it was cool that each year is "retired" to its own archipelego!

The quality voice work goes without saying.

The only bugga-boo is at the end when the NY is rung in and the narrator says, "It's 19 Wonderful!" Yeah it was made long before people were thinking of the current millennium, but it is an odd reference.

BTW: Happy New Year! May 2014 be happy and healthy for you and yours!

hobbyfan said...

It was 19-Wonderful because they wanted to keep the show current when they reran it every year. Of course, now that we're in the 21st century, that's impossible.