Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - 1964

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - 1964
Movie Info

Rating: TV-G


Age-appropriateness: scenes of bullying


Overview: A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.


Themes: Christmas, bullying, being different, bravery, courage, friendship, independence, repentance

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Christmas. What are your favorite traditions and activities during the Christmas season? What is the true meaning of Christmas?

  • Christmas is when we celebrate Jesus' birthday! It's one of the best days ever!

  • Check out this Family Christmas Guide!


2. Bullying. When have you been bullied because of something that makes you different? Have you ever bullied someone else?


3. Being Different. What are the characteristics, abilities, or passions that make you different from most people? How can you use those differences to do awesome things in the world?

  • Rudolph meets Hermey, who also had unique aspects about him. Together, they sadly sing, “Why am I such a misfit? Why don’t I fit in?” God makes every single person in the world unique. Our differences make us special and are worth celebrating. Our differences shouldn't make us sad. Instead, we can represent the image of God in a unique and special way!

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. Check out this Family Christmas Guide!


2. Rudolph was bullied because he was different. He had a shiny red nose and other reindeer made fun of him. When have you been bullied because of something that makes you different? Have you ever bullied someone else?


3. Rudolph meets Hermey, who also had unique aspects about him. Together, they sadly sing, “Why am I such a misfit? Why don’t I fit in?” God makes every single person in the world unique. Our differences make us special and are worth celebrating. Our differences shouldn't make us sad. Instead, we can represent the image of God in a unique and special way! What are the characteristics, abilities, or passions that make you different from most people? How can you use those differences to do awesome things in the world?


4. When everyone else made fun of Rudolph’s red nose, Clarice stood by him. She said she likes his nose because it makes him unique and special. Clarice is a true friend because she loved Rudolph just the way he was. She also stood up to bullies and defended her friend. How can you be a good friend to others?


5. On the Island of Misfit Toys was made up of toys that were made incorrectly. They were unwanted toys because something was wrong with them. But that’s not the case with people. God doesn’t make mistakes. We’re all special and unique, because God made us that way, on purpose. Psalm 139:14 says, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Why do you think God makes every person unique and different? What would the world be like if we were all exactly the same?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:04 When Santa, Donner, and Rudolph’s mom first saw Rudolph when he was born, they were so surprised to see his shiny red nose. They said it was something they would “have to overlook”. They even cover up his nose with dirt so that Rudolph looks like everyone else. Have you ever felt like you needed to cover up something that makes you who you are?


:08 Hermey tells his elf friends that he doesn’t like toys. He says that his true dream is to one day become a dentist. He’s sad because he doesn’t fit in. Hermey showed a lot of courage to openly describe what he’s really interested in. He was brave to pursue his passion. Bravery is having the courage to make good choices, even when you’re afraid. Have you ever had a moment of bravery like this?


:18 When Rudolph’s red nosed is revealed during takeoff practice, the other reindeer laugh at him and call him names. They exclude Rudolph from playing games with the others. Even Santa tells Rudolph’s dad that he “should be ashamed” and that Rudolph’s nose is “a pity.” Why is this bullying such a bad and wrong thing? What should you do if you are being bullied? What about if you see someone else being bullied?


:22 When Hermey meets Rudolph, they recognize that they each don’t fit in and they are different from other people. They agree to be independent. They agree to be strong enough to do things themselves. How independent would you say you are? How much do you rely on other people to get things done?


:29 Donner felt bad about the way he treated his son, Rudolph. Rudolph had gone away from home, and it made his mom and dad worried. One time, Jesus got lost and His parents weren't sure where He was (Luke 2:42-51). They were searching frantically for Him everywhere! Have you ever been lost? What do you think your parents were feeling in that moment?


:40 When Hermey and Yukon Cornelius saw that Rudolph and the others were in danger, they immediately took action to stand up to the big snow monster. Yukon was willing to sacrifice himself in order to save the others. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice when He went to the cross and died to save us from our sins. Jesus knew that, because of our sin, we would be separated from God forever. But He loved us so much that He took the consequence for us. Because of Jesus, we can be with God forever in heaven! Knowing that He gave up His own life for you, how much do you think Jesus loves you?


:43 Donner, Santa, and the head elf all apologized for the way they acted toward the misfits. Santa even promised to make sure all the misfits toys had homes. Santa repented for his mistakes and he made things right. Repentance is the spiritual act of apologizing for your sins and then turning the other way and committing to healthy, God-honoring ways of living in the future. Is there anything you need to repent of in your life? How can you make things right in the future?