Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Darkest of Christmas Specials

On most levels the Rankin and Bass Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas special speaks to a lot of geeks.  The idea of feeling like a misfit and the joy of finding others that share your experiences.

Tucked away here and there though are some fairly dark themes.  An oppressive and grating elf boss who does not tolerate independent thought, a thin irritable Santa who is mean to his wife, to his employees and insults the Donner family’s newborn.  Donner’s lousy attitude towards women.  A delusional prospector who rips the only way of digesting food from the Bumble’s mouth.  Worst of all though is the malicious helper elf in the video above.