Screen Junkies gets a jump on Christmas by going back more than 50 years to bring us an Honest Trailer for the 1964 Rankin-Bass TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We've all seen it so many times that we may find it hard to put ourselves in the place of the audience who saw it for the first time all those years ago. What was merely whimsical then is downright alarming now.
The TV show was based on the 1949 Johnny Marks song, which was based on a 1939 Montgomery Ward advertising campaign. In order to stretch the two-minute song into an hour story, they had to add a lot of strange characters and a coming-of-age plot line. That's the focus of this Honest Trailer. -via Uproxx