Thursday, December 9, 2010
WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH MISFITS?
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," the Rankin/Bass stop-action Christmas classic, teams Rudolph with little Hermey, and Elf who wants to be a dentist. Together they discover an Island of Misfit Toys, and with the help of an old prospector, Yukon Cornelius, foment a revolution. Throwing off the shackles of repression, the toys set up a liberated zone free of exploitation, class and wage slavery, an open society where toys can finally escape the tyranny of Toyland bosses and express themselves fully for the first time. Their final victory is celebrated in song by Wobbly the Snowman (played by Burl Ives) in the holiday classic, "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas (You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Chains)!"
We hope you like this heartwarming holiday story--and its radical sub-text--as much as we do!