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Release Date:
1 July 1979 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Long ago the Lady Borealis placed the evil Winterbolt under a magic spell, and put the last of her magic into the nose of a newborn reindeer: Rudolph... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Red Buttons ... Milton (voice)

Ethel Merman ... Lilly Loraine (voice)

Mickey Rooney ... Santa Claus (voice)

Alan Sues ... Scratcher the jealous reindeer (voice)
Jackie Vernon ... Frosty (voice)

Shelley Winters ... Crystal (voice)
Paul Frees ... Winterbolt / Jack Frost / Policeman (voice)
Billie Mae Richards ... Rudolph (voice)
Harold Peary ... Big Ben (voice) (as Hal Peary)
Shelby Flint ... Laine, Lilly's daughter (voice)
Don Messick ... Sam Spangles (voice)

Darlene Conley ... Mrs. Santa Claus (voice)

Nellie Bellflower ... (voice)
Steffi Calli ... (voice)
Howard Shapiro ... (voice)
Eric Hines ... (voice)
Cynthia Adler ... (voice)
Bob McFadden ... (voice)
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Directed by
Jules Bass 
Arthur Rankin Jr. 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Romeo Muller 

Produced by
Jules Bass .... producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. .... producer
Masaki Îzuka .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Marks 
 
Production Design by
Arthur Rankin Jr. 
 
Production Management
Iwao Kondo .... production manager
 
Art Department
Shinichi Noro .... set designer
 
Sound Department
John Curcio .... sound recordist
Bob Elder .... sound recordist
Dave Neland .... sound recordist
John Richards .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Ichirô Komuro .... character model sculptor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Takeo Ando .... camera operator
Mitsuharu Hirata .... lighting technician
Hiroshi Otokozawa .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Seiichi Araki .... animator
Paul Coker Jr. .... character designer
Shigeru Ohmachi .... animator
Hiroshi Tabata .... animator
 
Music Department
Michael Colicchio .... additional music arranger: vocals
Maury Laws .... conductor
Maury Laws .... music arranger
Lois Winter .... vocal supervisor
 
Other crew
Thomas Bush .... production assistant
Akikazu Kôno .... supervisor: Animagic
 
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USA:90 min
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Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Quebec) | USA:TV-G

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Trivia:
Harold Peary, in his final performance, reprises his role of Big Ben from _Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976)_.See more »
Quotes:
Laine, Lilly's daughter:Oh, isn't Milton wonderful? He's the greatest ice-cream man in the world.
Lilly Loraine:Forget 'im. If life has taught me anything is that you can't live on banana splits.
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Soundtrack:
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Rankin/Bass: The Movie, 24 December 2013
Author: utgard14 from USA

Feature-length spectacle that combines elements from previous Rankin/Bass specials (Rudolph, Frosty & wife Crystal, Santa & Mrs. Claus). Also adds an overcomplicated story and dark atmosphere. In addition to the familiar characters, we get new ones. An evil wizard named Winterbolt (who is accompanied by the creepiest music from any of the Rankin/Bass specials), good witch Lady Boreal, ice cream man Milton, Lily and Laine Loraine, Scratcher the evil reindeer, and the mega-scary Genie of the Ice Scepter.

The story is about Winterbolt awakening from a deep sleep he was put into by Lady Boreal. She put her power into Rudolph's nose, which will stop glowing if it is used for evil. So Winterbolt plans to destroy Rudolph and reclaim the North Pole from Santa. That's just scratching the surface, folks, and it already seems like a very involved plot. The reason why I called it "The Movie" is because it reminds me of when a television cartoon series would put out a theatrical film. It has lots of familiar characters though they're not quite the same, plus tons of new characters that are hit or miss, and a new plot that is a bit much for what should be a simple show. Also, and I'm not sure on this but it was my impression, the budget on this seemed higher than other specials. Lots of flashier effects, particularly for the Winterbolt scenes, and added sound effects that you don't usually hear in a Christmas special. Maybe this was their attempt to make something the post-Star Wars generation would enjoy.

The creepiest and most interesting scenes involve Winterbolt and his lair. So dark and spooky with weird music and sound effects. Those dragons! Beyond this, the rest of the film has little to recommend except for the curiosity factor. It doesn't have as much warmth and heart as the more popular Rankin/Bass specials. Why are Frosty and his family all decked out in orange? I never got that. Anyway, the voicework is fine but the new songs are weak. Animation is excellent, of course. I would recommend if you are Rankin/Bass fan you check it out but if you're a parent looking to share it with your kids, I would watch it first by yourself to decide. Because it's pretty dark in tone and Winterbolt is just oozing evil.

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