Hermie has no pointy ears, yet all of the other elfs do. No wonder he's so different...he's a human!
Or half human... He's the same size as the elves and does have the same blond hair the female elves do, but has human ears and eyes. Maybe Santa got some on the side...
Most of the misfit toys do not have any problems with them. A lion with wings or 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, the squirt gun that shoots jelly just needs to replace its ammo, and dolly had nothing wrong with her at all. Others only had minor problems, such as the train with one set of square wheels or the swimming bird, that Santa could easily fix. Then I realized that that was 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. I am impressed they could back that up in such a subtle manner. - Stinkoman87
King Moonracer (the winged lion) was not a misfit toy so much as a supernatural creature-being who took in misfit toys. And as for the misfit toys...
Don't replace the squirt gun's ammo—a jelly squirt gun would make breakfast awesome.
The train needs its caboose wheels fixed, but that's not too much of a problem.
What was the doll's "flaw", anyway?
Word of God says she was depressed from feeling unloved, which is not easily fixed.
Maybe it's because she said how do you do? instead of mommy. Kids don't like sophistication.
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.
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.
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.
I always took that to mean that Santa made the bird able to fly. Because accepting who you are or not, who wouldn't want to fly?
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, wouldn't the toys just end up on the island again for their faults?
No, because Santa knows where to find the weirdo children who will love them despite (or even because of) those faults.
How is the squirt gun that squirts jelly a "misfit", anyway? Either it's because somebody filled it with jelly (so stop doing that — problem solved), or because it creates jelly (which most people would consider a good thing).
Why didn't the "Charlie in a Box" just rename himself Jack?
Because that "Charlie" on the bottom of his box was in permanent marker.
And add to that, what was wrong with the doll? Her misfit-ness was never described, and she looked perfectly normal. So why was she there?
On an episode of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me on NPR, the hosts claimed the official reason was because she had emotional problems. See Word of God below.
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. Why does he have it if he never uses it?
Maybe he only had the bullets that he fired into the air when he first showed up? He mentioned needing to buy gunpowder.
He's a prospector that apparently works in general above the Arctic Circle. Maybe it's a flare gun.
Because popping a cap in the bumble's ass wouldn't be appropriate for a children's Christmas special.
Because the Bumble is friggin' huge. Shoot him all you want with those revolvers, unless you can get a bullet in his eye he's just going to get annoyed, not injured.
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?
The boss probably couldn't comprehend that an elf would ever want to be fired. As far as he knew, elves were elves, they were always elves, and they enjoyed being elves. That was his entire thing: He couldn't wrap his head around an elf wanting to be anything else.
As for the firing threat, it was probably just a motivator. He says "DO THIS, OR YOU'RE FIRED!" and most elves would get their ass in gear, because Hermie was literally the only one to ever not want the job.
There is no security to protect any of the reindeer from the Abominable Snowman, not even the ones that pull the sleigh.
The Abominable Snowman only ever shows up when the characters are far away from Santa's place. It clearly doesn't come near the area, so security to protect against it is irrelevant. It's like saying a house in the city doesn't have security to protect from bears—technically true, but largely irrelevant.
You can level that accusation against the song, but the animated special very specifically has Santa and co. making up with Rudolph before they find out that the storm is so bad as to require his special talent.
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. Unless Yukon and the elves plan on taking care of him and providing him pre-mashed food for the rest of his life, he's probably going to die of malnutrition within a few weeks or months.
Who says they don't plan to do that? Providing a liquid diet for him is probably well worth having a now-Gentle Giant around to help out.
Maybe the reason the Bumble changed his attitude after having his teeth pulled was because all along his aggression had been caused by pain due to rotten teeth.
They seem to be practicing things like singing, making toys, and greeting Santa; seems normal enough.
If toys are assembled by elves, does that include the misfit toys? And if so, why would an elf deliberately create a toy that was too weird to be loved or played with?
A jerk elf. Probably that tall skinny one with the glasses.
Maybe Hermie did it out of spite and was too much of a wuss to admit it.
Elves don't necessarily make all toys, just the ones Santa delivers. The misfit toys might've been off-season birthday gifts that some human toymaker screwed up.
Something's been bugging me for a few years now; if Rudolph's nose is so bright and constantly flashes right in front of his eyes, then why is he not blind?
His nose was like a Christmas light in how it could turn off and on.
Maybe he's part Vulcan and has that inner eyelid to keep from going blind.
Deer have nictitating membranes, so I would assume reindeer have them too. They'd need them, since they probably deal with snowstorms on a regular basis.
The sequel special, "Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July," reveals that Rudolph's nose is magical, possibly even divine, in origin. Maybe it doesn't blind him because A Wizard Did It.
It's directional. You don't get blinded by a flashlight you're holding, do you?
And of course, the most obvious question of all: hasn't Santa ever heard of lamps? Surely he's needed to fly in fog before, so why wouldn't he have found a solution that didn't require a fluke genetic anomaly to keep him in business?
He doesn't have headlights on that sleigh.
Forget lamps, Santa doesn't even seem to know about stables. All of his reindeer are expected to fend for themselves. Why doesn;t he do anything to provide for them, or his main team at least?
The area seems relatively peaceful, save for the abominable snowman but that's if they went into the mountains, so he just lets them go do their reindeer thing until the big day arrives.
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.