Stephanie Conners ’18
No matter how old we get, once ABC Family announces the 25 days of Christmas schedule, everyone is hooked to their TV screen. From the classic Frosty the Snowman to the modern specials like Shrek the Halls, Christmas movies and specials get a lot of attention because they get us in the Christmas Spirit and for many watching Christmas specials are a beloved family tradition. All the anticipation for 25 Days of Christmas sometimes overlooks other holiday specials, especially New Years.
Now granted there are not nearly as many New Years specials as Christmas and by the time New Years rolls around, most people are in a post-Christmas depression, but other holiday specials are the perfect way to pull you out of your after Christmas slump.
My favorite non-Christmas special is Rudolph’s Shiny New Year. Maybe because by New Years I’m not ready to let go of the Christmas season quite yet and I enjoy watching a movie about Rudolph, a classic Christmas character but this is always a show that I have to watch. Although this movie features Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Clause, it is still very much a New Years movie.
Basically, Father Time calls Santa and asks for him to help him find the new year baby or else it will be December 31st forever. Santa asks Rudolph to find the baby instead of Santa just doing it himself. It is revealed that a vulture named Aeon the Terrible, plans to kidnap this baby because he is only supposed to live for exactly one year before he turns to ice and snow. By kidnapping the baby, named Happy, he will be able to live forever as the day January 1st will never occur without Happy. Father Time assumes Happy ran away because he is embarrassed by his enormous ears and thinks he has gone to Archipelago of Last Years, where all the years go to retire after their year is up. So Rudolph travels to various lands and encounters various people that represent people and periods in history until finally he finds Happy, manages to fill Aeon with so much warmth he could never turn to ice, and returns Happy to Father Time’s castle, just in time for New Years.
Not only is this a feel good film about Rudolph but it also has many valuable lessons imbedded in it making it all together a great family film to ring in the New Year. You get to enjoy some fun songs while also learning about different parts of history. The story is exciting and suspenseful. Well as suspenseful as a children’s movie can be and will be sure to leave you with a smile. With its classic puppet animation and lovable characters, this movie is a great non-Christmas special that still captures the spirit of the holidays, and of course New Years.