It's the Christmas season, and other than the eating that I try to avoid, there are the Christmas specials which I just love. I start watching them in August, and can't get enough of them.
One of my favorite is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a classic, despite the fact that it has more bloopers than any other.
The first happens in the copyright scene where the date is given as MCLXIV=1164. The correct date is MCMLXIV=1964. Didn't know that special was that old, did you, LOL.
There are several others, but I'll go into the major one. One of Rudolph's friends is an elf who wants to be a dentist. But they can't get his name right. Sometimes they call him Herbie, sometimes Hermie.
Sam the Snowman, played by Burl Ives, narrates. At one point, he sings a song called "Silver and Gold. He is given a banjo,
But when he starts strumming it, piano music starts playing.
When Rudolph and co. leave Christmastown, they visit the Island of Misfit Toys, which contain a ton of bloopers.
It is ruled by a winged lion named King Moonracer,
who flies all over the world collecting misfit toys that no child loves. Santa dosn't know of them. So if he does that, why does he need Rudolph and his friends to tell Santa? He could have flown over there and told him himself.
They stay overnight in a doll house, but Rudolph leaves because he doesn't want to give them all away with his glowing nose. But was he raised in a barn?? He leaves the door open so they all freeze to death.
But soon, all is made right, Rudolph is asked to lead the sleigh. But count the reindeer.
Aren't there supposed to be eight? Nine including Rudolph? Where are the other two.
The explanation is shown. Donner, who it is said Santa can't fly without him is down on the ground admiring his son.
And where is Comet?
Probably cleaning the sink.
But the best, or worst blooper is left for last. They pick up all the misfit toys, and the elf drops them all off, giving each an umbrella which acts as a parachute. All except for one:
The elf first gives the umbrella, then takes it away, tossing the bird off, waving bye-bye.
But wait a minute! Earlier, the bird explains why he's a misfit toy. He can't FLY! He swims. You know what is going to happen to that bird when he hits the ground.
It's a real WKRP moment, LOL!
Merry Christmas! And I hope you don't mind this tongue in cheek presentation of one of my favorite specials.