First aired December 10, 1976
"You know Rudolph who guided and pulled Santa’s sleigh and who saved Christmas by lighting the way but there’s more to tell Rudolph saved the new year as well..." - Father Time
Rudolph (Billie Mae Richards) and Santa Claus (Paul Frees) arrive home at the North Pole after delivering toys on Christmas Eve. Santa has received a letter from his old friend Father Time (Red Skelton). Happy, the Baby New Year has disappeared. Santa explains that if Happy isn't found before Midnight on New Year's Eve, the New Year will never arrive, and the world will be stuck on December 31st forever. Since it still foggy out, Santa tells Rudolph is the only one who can save Happy and the New Year. ""Rudolph with your nose so bright, you’ve 6 days left to set things right," says Santa!
|General Ticker and Rudolph making their way to Father Time's castle|
|Aeon the Terrible swoops towards Rudolph and friends|
|Father Time looks a lot like Red Skelton (who voices the character)|
|Father Time explains about the Archipelago of Last Years|
|Rudolph meets Big Ben|
|Rudolph and friends, old and new|
|Sir 1023: " Thou looketh for the wee babe Happy?...comest with me, comest! We seeketh!"|
|"The moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on ..."|
This special has sentimental value for me, as I can remember watching Rudolph's Shiny New Year when it was brand new. But I imagine children still enjoy it. It features a talking Sperm Whale and dinosaurs that sing and dance! How cool is that?!
3 and half champagne flutes.
This is a fun special, although perhaps not required annual viewing. As J.A. Morris says, there is an awful lot going on here -- perhaps too much, but it's still a fun journey.
|Baby Happy visits 1776|
|Baby Happy meets Baby Bear (of the Three Bears) on 1023's island|
I remember watching and enjoying this special when it aired on the Disney Channel in the 1980s. I liked learning of Rudolph's further adventures, but it bothered me a bit that the young reindeer seemed to have been regressed age-wise. (I guess the powers that be at Rankin-Bass decided a younger looking Rudolph was cuter?)
|1964 Rudolph at the end of the the original Rankin Bass special|
|A more youthful looking Rudolph with Santa at the beginning of the 1976 special|
I also LOVE the dinosaurs that appear on One Million B.C.'s island especially a baby pterodactyl that Baby Happy encounters.
|A pterodactyl baby!!!|
3 champagne flutes