🎉 It’s a special, post-Christmas bonus episode of the Advent Calendar House as we turn back the years to 1976 and tip our oversized hat hiding our oversized ears to Rankin/Bass’s first sequel special, in which Rudolph has to save the Baby New Year from a big, angry bird.
💬 Topics & Tangents:
1. Rudolph devolves into a younger-looking reindeer, because the original model may have been lost. But also he seems to forget he can fly.
2. According to our narrator, Father Time (Red Skelton), this story begins “on that very same foggy night.” As in Christmas Eve. When Santa’s kind of busy.
3. I learned who Red Skelton was from a joke in a Tex Avery cartoon.
7. Ralph Archibold, Philadelphia’s longtime Ben Franklin impersonator.
“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” © 1976 Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc.