The 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' Special Is Coming Under Fire for Its 'Disturbing' Themes

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

By now, there's likely a good chance you've seen holiday classic specials in your television lineup -- including this beloved Christmas movie gem. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has been airing on the small screen, and it seems to be making waves ... and not for the best reasons. Apparently, this film has some characters and scenes deemed "disturbing" by critics watching this 1964 classic present-day. And it's safe to say it's sparking a debate.

  • For those not hip to this animated classic, Rudolph is a TV special that follows one of Santa's reindeer who's an outcast that saves the day.

    There's also an Abominable Snow Monster, the Island of Misfit Toys, Hermey (an elf with dreams of being a dentist), and some other memorable characters.

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  • And there's now questions about the childhood favorite as people are pointing out "disturbing" themes throughout the 30-minute special.

  • For starters, there's questions about Hermey the elf being a "sadistic psychopath."

    Cinemablend argues that Hermey was a bit of a psychopath because he had a "creepy obsession" with dentistry that raises questions about where he got the teeth he used for his dolls.

  • And Rudolph and Clarice, his gal pal and crush, having an "incredibly shallow relationship."

    Cinemablend also contends that Rudolph "needs to slow his roll" in many ways as rescuing someone you haven't seen in a long time doesn't warrant affection on their end.

  • The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer criticism didn't stop there as viewers couldn't help but sound off.

    It's safe to say peeps have a bit of an issue with his holiday movie.

  • But not everyone is outraged and have no problem telling those who are to calm down.

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    If you can't tell by these comments, people aren't having it.

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  • Yeah ... we're not going to touch this one.

    Although one can certainly argue a good portion of the criticism is likely meant to be funny, it does seem as if some people are bothered by elements of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -- and at the end of the day, they have to live in their truth.

    Bottom line: Parents will need to decide if the themes in this Christmas special are or are not suitable for their kids.

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