Fridge / Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Fridge Brilliance
  • Most of the misfit toys do not have any problems with them:
    • A cowboy riding an ostrich would be a cool toy.
    • All Charlie-In-The-Box has to do is change his name
    • A polka-dotted elephant would be an acceptable stuffed animal, and such toys are sold even more frequently than in the film's release.
    • The squirt gun that shoots jelly just needs to replace its ammo (or, alternately it would be an awesome breakfast toy,)
    • The Dolly had nothing wrong with her except for her own depression, which could be helped simply by being given to a loving family.
    • Others only had minor problems, such as the train with one set of square wheels or the swimming bird (which is not that weird), that Santa could easily fix. That's the point. Just because they are misfits doesn't mean that they are bad, which, by the way, is the aesop of the whole movie.
  • The full cut shows that Yukon Cornelius kept licking his pickaxe because he was prospecting for peppermint, and found it at the very end. Most people would think that mining for anything in the Arctic Circle would be crazy (since there is no tectonic plate up there that would contain minerals), especially when it is not something that you mine in the first place. That means that, like Hermey and Rudolf, Cornelius was a misfit that was vindicated in the end. It would also give relevance to why Cornelius is about the only adult who isn't a pompous, antagonistic jerk to the two at first.
  • Notice the Head Elf's voice changes when he's talking to Santa before "We Are Santa's Elves." He usually sounds intimidating, but he sounds more calm and has a higher pitched voice. He's kissing up to Santa since he's his boss, of course he wouldn't sound threatening talking to him. The moral: Better to have a brown nose than a red one.
  • The Elves contempt for Hermey makes more sense from the perspective he doesn't want to make gifts for darling little kids in favour of becoming a dentist. Saying he doesn't want to make little kids happy can be taken the wrong way easily enough, but to want instead a job that in the cliche cartoon world is often feared and associated with pain by children really digs himself in deeper.

Fridge Horror
  • In the end credits, the elves are dropping off the Misfit Toys to new homes. One elf picks out the Bird, takes a look at him, and the umbrellas he's been giving to the other toys, puts the umbrella away, and tosses the Bird down. And then you remember the Bird was a misfit because it couldn't fly. That's assuming, of course, that Santa didn't fix that for him.
  • The Misfit Toys are supposedly just toys that were unloved that ended up on the island — but think about it. At the end when they are shown being re-delivered to the kids, they don't really fix up any of the toys' problems (elephant having spots, or train having square wheels, for instance) — so, it's possible that the toys will just end up on the island again.
  • Everyone is a complete Jerk Ass to Rudolph because of his nose, and this is never dealt with—at least in the song, anyway—they only accept him because it turns out to be useful. So it leaves one wondering about what would happen to a child with a real disability.
  • So Santa gets to judge the morality of all the world's children, but he turns a blind eye when it comes to his own reindeer?
  • The treatment of the Bumble. He appears to be just a wild animal, and behaves like one. Nothing he does is malicious, he only goes after characters because he's a hungry beast trying to survive. And yet they treat him like a villain, and even have an uneducated dental enthusiast rip his teeth out without anesthetic.
    • Most of that bothered me too. Although to be fair he was unconscious when his teeth were ripped out.
  • If Rudolph's eyes were bright enough to cut through fog, then wouldn't that hurt everyone's eyes?
  • The misfit toys lived on the island for a presumably long time, and possibly set up extensive relationships and culture while living there. When the toys are delivered by Santa, it is very possible that these toys will never meet again.
    • Even more bittersweet if one considers the aforementioned possibility that these toys will be sent back to the island.

Fridge Logic
  • Presuming that all toys are assembled by elves, that would include the misfit toys? And if so, it leaves one wondering why an elf would make a toy that wouldn't be enjoyed by a child.
    • Perhaps Santa utilized an assembly line in the past, but after the misfit toys were unwittingly created by overworked elves, he switched to more old-fashioned style.
  • One has to wonder why Santa hasn't ever invested in some lamps to light his way in the fog or snow before, especially given how common snowstorms are in winter.
  • Yukon is seen carrying what appears to be a revolver for the majority, if not the entire span of the film. He had plenty of situations where a gun would be handy, and yet never uses it.
  • Concerning the original song these animations were based on, there's the line, "But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?" after listing the other reindeers with the assurance that the audience knows their names. If it can be assumed the audience knows the other reindeer but one has to question if they know the "most famous" one, then it means he's not the most famous.
  • Hermey says he doesn't want to make toys. The head elf tells him he's an elf, and elves must make toys. Then when the break whistle goes off, he tells Hermey to stay and finish his work or he's fired. Why exactly did he think would Hermey care about being fired, when he wants to quit? And how is it possible to fire an elf as a toymaker if they don't have a choice about doing it to begin with?
  • There's something that always bothered me with the "Chewing dolls" line. Sure, after the special came out there were chewing Cabbage Patch Kids dolls (See the Funny section), but what about Nutcrackers? A classic holiday symbol! That's if you count them as dolls, that is.
  • Santa brings up he won't be able to get his sleigh off the ground without Rudolph's father, Donner, and yet at the end of the movie, he is seen flying his sleigh just fine, despite having only seven of what should be nine reindeer. (Not counting Donner, since he, along with his wife and Clarice, was watching Rudolph lead the sleigh in the full uncut version)