- Alternate Aesop Interpretation: The special is supposed to deliver a message about enjoying the things that make you unique, but it sort of blurs into "if your physical deformity makes people laugh, let them. Be glad you're making them so happy."
- Fanon Discontinuity: This special suddenly has a completely different Rudolph puppet, despite starring the same character and taking place immediately after the original. Not to mention he's also young again in all the sequels. Or did he get his antlers trimmed once in a while?
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Eon is a Long-Lived but not immortal entity who fears death so much that he tries to make the day of his death never come by stopping time. Gamers may have seen that before.
- Unintentional Period Piece: Due to using '19-wonderful' as the new year. It makes its origin in the 20th century very obvious (though calling it '19-wonderful' at least doesn't date the movie to a very, very specific year).
- Vindicated by History: While the film might not be as popular as the original 1964 special, it does have many nostalgic fans who remember seeing it every Christmas and has enjoyed slightly warmer reception in recent times thanks to strong DVD sales and yearly holiday reruns.
YMMV / Rudolph's Shiny New Year