Christmas specials can get pretty freaky on rewatching. What struck me about it the last time I saw it was the sexism — even Donner was dismissive of his wife and Clara when they wanted to help find Rudolph.
Though one thing I feel like correcting — Rudolph’s nose seemed to be treated as a disfigurement rather than an outright disability.
It’s hard to miss that the Santa in that special had a bit more of an edge to him than he usually does. It’s refreshing; I like it a lot. Still, it’s just as well that Rankin/Bass cut the venison-on-a-spit scene from that special. That was a bridge too far.