Wednesday, December 5, 2007

OK, Rudolph! Full power!

A few days ago, I had to go to Costco to get the discount price on ye olde glorious Christmas animation DVD collection (Rudolph, Frosty, Drummer Boy, et al).

Rudolph is my favorite of the lot, especially the dialogue at the end of the show:

SANTA: Ready, Rudolph?
RUDOLPH: Ready, Santa!
SANTA: OK, Rudolph! Full power!
RUDOLPH: (a sound between a ding and a whistle)

I'm sorry, but to me that is one of the most meaningful exchanges of dialogue in English literature.

But Baratunde isn't impressed:

So this snow beast called a bumble kidnapped Rudolph and his family and this explorer dude and his son find them in a cave. The father ambushes the bumble and drops a boulder on his head

Then the CHILD uses pliers to rip the beast’s teeth ! And they smile about it

For some reason I never thought of Hermie as a child. I always assumed he was a young elf adult. And my thought on Hermie's age was confirmed at this web site:

Hermie did indeed go to dental school....He returned to the North Pole to marry Suzy, the little doll who cried ice cubes from the Island of Misfit Toys, and opened the first dental practice in the area. It turns out to have been a shrewd business move. All that Christmas candy meant a lot of cavities. Hermie got rich and retired from dentistry in 1982. Still young for an elf (280 years old in 2005)...Hermie volunteers as a toymaker to help Santa out, which more and more retired elves are doing to help Santa compete with Asian competition.

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