Advent Calendar House

Hosted ByMike Westfall

A salute to all TV holiday specials, but mostly the Christmas ones.

Advent Calendar House: Rudolph’s Shiny New Year

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and Happy, the baby new year, in “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year.”

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, “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year.”

On This Episode

  1. Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), the living embodiment of a friendly reminder that someday you’re going to die.
  2. Brandon Medley (@brandmed) from Blessed Are the Geek.
  3. Joey O. (@ImGonnaDJ24) from Y-Not Radio and Words With Nerds.

Topics and 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.
  4. Rudolph has to cross a desert to see a man who lives under a star about a baby who must be found in order to save the world.
  5. The Phantom Tollbooth,” in example.
  6. Tik-Tok from “Return to Oz,” in example.
  7. Creepier song about time: “The Moving Finger Writes” from this, or “Older” by They Might Be Giants?
  8. Ralph Archibold, Philadelphia’s longtime Ben Franklin impersonator.
  9. Billy Corgan rides a roller coaster.

Previous Episodes of This Podcast Mentioned

Rudolph’s Shiny New Year ©1976 Rankin/Bass Productions.

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