Commenters on Twitter made some keen and disturbing observations about the Rankin/Bass Production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that will change the way you feel about it forever—all in good fun (of course).
The beloved Christmas classic, which many people have ritually consumed for decades, like a five-year-old dipping his foil-wrapped Santa into a tumbler of creamy eggnog, aired Tuesday night on CBS.
But this time around, viewers pulled back the veil of nostalgia just enough to offer some illuminating insights into the 1964 stop-motion special.
Here’s a sample of the most deliciously funny observations, including plain old-fashioned meanness:
Okay, I’m going to say what we’re all thinking: In the scene where Rudolph’s nose is revealed, Santa is kind of a dick. #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer
— Liz Palm Trees Prato 🌴 (@Liz_Prato) November 28, 2018
That scene always bothered me as a kid.
— Jake West (@Jake_West_On_It) November 28, 2018
“All right all right!, we are not going to let Rudolph join in anymore reindeer games…” Bastard… Always hated the gym teachers.. Santa was an A-Hole too. #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer pic.twitter.com/Py1z5W1Tnn
— Bob Marsdale (@BobMarsdale) November 28, 2018
If I was #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer I would have told Santa to kiss my red glowing ass. Now you need me? Good luck flying in the dark.
— Carl Boogie (@CWayne2000) November 28, 2018
I feel the same way…Rudolph was a misfit until Santa needed him..
What a jerk.
— Marcia Buxman (@marbux01) November 28, 2018
— Melanie J (@mel_jando) November 28, 2018
Has anyone else noticed that within the first five minutes of #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer two characters get bullied?
— Dr. Daryl L Williams (@revdaryl) November 28, 2018
Oh no. It’s #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer I don’t have strength to watch this again. Those poor elves. That bully with the whip. Abusive deer. Dentist shaming. Unloved toys. It’s too much.
— MJ Caan (@MJCaan) November 28, 2018
— Peter A Lyon (@lyonpaa) November 28, 2018
The North Pole needs a HR department. All these bosses are horrible. #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer
— ChicagoMatt (@ChicagoMatt) November 28, 2018
— Red Soxtober (@NewEng_DadLife) November 28, 2018
Ugh…..here comes Comet. The worst coach you've ever seen since on screen since the last move you ever watched about youth sports.#RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer
— Chris Hill (@TMFChrisHill) November 28, 2018
Boy, did I hate that a$$hole. #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer
— Schmuck the Buck (@SchmucktheBuck) November 28, 2018
— Adam Heffner (@aheffner24) November 28, 2018
And even MURDER:
Let it be known that the toy bird that can’t fly gets murdered by one of Santa’s elves during the end credits of #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer. Gotta give credit to @RalphGarman for pointing this out to me. pic.twitter.com/qGNcevXXxl
— Keith ONeil (@ThatKeithONeil) November 28, 2018
Every year the elf throws the bird out of the sleigh without an umbrella, even though earlier the bird said it CAN'T FLY. Every. Damn. Year. #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer
— Sarah B (@SarahB1863) November 28, 2018
(Or maybe not):
That's what I thought until I listened closely to the show tonight (and confirmed w/ reading the script). Bird:
"WouId you Iike to be a bird that doesn't fIy? I swim!"
It didn't say it can't. Maybe not flying is a choice in favor of (mostly) swimming. At least I hope so!
— Dana Dicer (@theDanaDicer) November 28, 2018
As well as a stealthy touch of intrigue:
— Ellen O'Neill (@MaPeel) November 28, 2018
The producer revealed to NPR that she was a misfit because she had low self esteem and thought she was a doll that was not lovable.
— Joan (@JBFgolden) November 28, 2018
And just some straightforward truth:
— TrivWorks (@TrivWorks) November 28, 2018
Of course, as Red Soxtober pointed out, these critiques shouldn’t diminish the movie in any way:
I’d like to reiterate, I love the Rudolph movie. Great Christmas story. Just making an observation.
— Living The Life (@NewEng_DadLife) November 28, 2018
Looking forward to seeing Twitter commenters weigh in on Rudolph’s Shiny New Year.