Penny Richards over at Disability Studies, Temple University has posted some vintage links just in time for the holidays. Since I’m too inept to figure out how to post using WordPress (despite following instructions!) I’ll just comment here on Andrea’s disability analysis of “Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer.” I think she has some good points, but my take on it is a bit different. Although Rudolph (and Hermey) are ostracized for being different and nonconformist, it seems to me that the subplot involving the Island of Misfit Toys could be read as a story of disability acceptance, forming in which “misfits” are taken out of segregation and mainstreamed into society. Then there is the “tall elf” who in the context of elf-land is “different” because he’s larger than everyone else.
I haven’t watched this in a long time so perhaps my head is being clouded by nostalgia!