Ever watch it…”Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer?” How many times? If you’re over 30, you better tell me about a dozen. If you haven’t seen it in awhile, crank it up…’tis the season.
My dear best BFF Jim Faris inspired this post, and he was struck by how significant the themes coursing through this iconic holiday favorite were akin to today’s lifestyle moments. Let’s see, how many lessons and teachables can we glean from this 45-minute program produced by innovators Rankin/Bass in 1964?
- Love and family
- Athleticism and popularity
- Misfits or unique individuals who don’t fit the mainstream
- Career pathing
Bet you didn’t realize just how many of those themes were buried in this “children’s” movie, did you? Good thing there’s a happy ending as this little program is chock full of in-your-face mean to anyone who doesn’t conform.
Now that we’ve grown up, we can see deeper into hidden meanings within these scripts and still watch alongside our innocent children. When you write and add hidden meaning into your works, do you think readers get it?
Next time you’re sitting in front of a show your kids pick out (or a young person) and you really don’t want to watch it, try to change up your viewing experience.
Look at the set; listen to word choices; look at hair styles and accessories; watch for fashion faux pas; determine whether they have the blonde acting dumb or the heavy-set kid being clumsy.
When your kid laughs, tune in to what makes them howl and join in the fun for a bit of ‘raderie.
Same goes for blog writing — stick a bit of humor and fascinating stuff in the post and impress the community…or, just be yourself and let the you shine through. Just like the writers of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, the creativity and hidden message are yours.