I used to love Rudolph until I realized Santa was kind of a jerk to Rudolph. Santa isn’t supposed to be a jerk! Also, it really is kind of sad that Rudolph only really gets friends at the North Pole when they realize what he can do for them (that was kind of a childhood pattern of mine, too: “I gave you the dessert out of my lunch, do you like me now?”).
I was already refusing to go sit on Santa’s lap before I ever saw that show. May explain why I loved the show so much. “See, mommy and daddy? Santa’s really a mean old boss who puts on an act for the public, just like the President!”