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Rudolph the Red - Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his beaming honker, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. They run into the Abominable Snowman and find a whole island of misfit toys. Rudoph vows to see if he can get Santa to help the toys, and he goes back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. But Santa's sleigh is fogged in. But when Santa looks over Rudolph, he gets a very bright idea...
Burl Ives ... Narrator: Sam the Snowman (voice)
Billie Mae Richards ... Rudolph (voice) (as Billy Richards)
Paul Soles ... Hermey (voice)
Larry D. Mann ... Yukon Cornelius (voice) (as Larry Mann)
Stan Francis ... Santa Claus / King Moonracer (voice)
Paul Kligman ... Donner / Clarice's Father / Comet the Coach (voice)
Janet Orenstein ... Clarice (voice)
Alfie Scopp ... Head Elf / Other Elves / Jeering Reindeers (voice)
Carl Banas ... Charlie-In-The-Box / Spotted Elephant / Other Toys (voice)
Corinne Conley ... Doll / Others (voice)
Peg Dixon ... Mrs. Donner / Others (voice)
There are many Christmas specials and movies involving Christmas. Some are good. Some are average. And some are just plain bad. But Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer shall remain the king of all Christmas specials. All the characters are wonderful and memorable, and Burl Ives is just perfect for the snowman, who sings those unforgettable songs. A must see every Christmas.
Rudolph is more then a Christmas special, it is a holiday tradition. I always look forward to the special time during the Christmas season when I can watch this. This beloved special is one of the few things that brings back my childhood. Most children today enjoy watching this as much as their parents did when they were little. On the DVD's introduction, producer Arthur Rankin states that Rudolph the Red Nosed Raindeer has been reportedly viewed by over a billion people worldwide. It is perhaps second only to The Wizzard of Oz as being the most viewed programme of all time.
Rudolph is the first of a line of Christmas specials that were produced by Rankin and Bass and written by Romeo Muller. Some of the others are: The Little Drummer Boy (1968), Frosty the Snowman (1969),and Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1970) as well as Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971) and Puff, The Magic Dragon (1978). It is hard to imagine all these classic specials being the creation of one man. Mr. Muller is Mr. Christmas!
The origins of Rudolph the Red Nosed Raindeer stem from the song written by Johnny Marks back in the 1930's or 1940's. A Max Fleischer cartoon short was made in 1948 with Robert May creating its story. However, the Rankin and Bass Christmas special is based on the Johnny Marks song but other than that, it is all the creation of Romeo Muller. Hermey the elf, Sam the snowman, Yukon Cornelius, Claurice, the head elf are all Muller's creations. Even Rudolph's personality is created by Muller. In the 1948 cartoon Rudolph does not talk.
I have always liked Burl Ives as both a singer and an actor. His part as Sam the Snowman is my favourite by him. All the people behind the scenes doing the voices were all talented. They used stop motion animation with moving puppets just like they did with King Kong. Rudolph is a timeless classic that bring me back to the simpler time of childhood every time I watch it. I hope my small children will enjoy it to.
Great story that truly brings back childhood memories. Growing up in the 70s, this show was a staple of the Christmas season and always showed up on television, along with a few others and some classic Christmas commercials (before Christmas became a dirty and discriminating word).
Yes, like other posters have commented, the animation/claymation/whatever it's called is dated. There are no fancy computer generated special effects, and some comments made would be frowned upon in "today's society." But perhaps that is one of the things about this show that makes it so appealing. I appreciate that this was top technology for the times (and I like that it doesn't have all the "scary" animations that some of today's shows have). Also, I can appreciate that any "sexist" remarks made (such as the men "protecting the women folk" - there was actual chivalry back then!) were made in a time when this was acceptable to the censors, but cursing and on-screen violence/sex/etc. wasn't. So does that make our times better or worse than those just 20ish years ago? I also want to set the record straight... Santa does apologize to Rudolph before he needs him to guide his sleigh. It is a brief apology right after Rudolph returns. Santa says something like "I was a little to rough on you. I guess we all were." Some people have commented that by today's standards, they find this "too lame" of an apology. Again, I say that times have changed, and not necessarily for the better. People today are less willing to forgive and, instead, seek revenge. Imagine if Rudolph would have said "stuff it, Santa." Kids throughout the world would have suffered because of his anger and resentment. Instead, he took a higher road and became a hero. Even the final words of the song tells of him going down in history.
Finally, my son and daughter love it. They are both very young, and the things that would be criticized by the P.C. police out there go straight over there heads (and I don't believe in the whole brainwashing conspiracy theory). It's a simple story that isn't so frightening that it makes them run from the room in tears. It also ends on a cheerful note and they love the music.
As a kid and even as a teenager, I loved to see it on T.V. after Thanksgiving. It was one of the seasonal shows that meant Christmas was coming. Now, since all T.V. seems to show are reality shows or night time soap operas that are not family appropriate, I will continue to play the DVD for my kids anytime they would like to see it between Thanksgiving and Christmas... and I will delightfully watch it with them.
This is a charming and often underestimated children's Christmastime classic. With its moral about the importance of accepting adulthood and adult responsibilities, this story provides a healthy antidote to modern children's stories which valorize eternal childhood and demonize adulthood as consisting only of insensitivity and loss (for example, _E.T._'s demonization of adults). Accepting maturity instead of hiding from life in eternal childhood? -- a rare notion in children's stories today!
First off, an admission : yes, the outdated and patronizing gender roles of the story are hard to take in this day and age. When I showed this to university friends one winter, both the men and the women booed the line about protecting the "womenfolk" (after the encounter with the Abominable Snowmonster).
In other ways, however, this is a wonderful story about outcasts and their rites of passage in which they prove their value *only* *after* they become mature enough to realize that no one ever needs to prove their value -- an unusually sophisticated idea.
Rudolph's glowing nose works as a metaphor for any physical disability or difference in appearance. Even Santa Claus at first fails to look past Rudolph's nose. (How many stories involve Santa Claus having to learn a moral lesson?) Hermey the Elf counterpoints Rudolph's physical nonconformity with his mental nonconformity as the misunderstood dreamer. A clever touch is having our protagonist elf yearn to be a dentist, which helps allay the fears younger viewers may have about visits to the dentist.
Particularly fine moments are King Moonracer's refusal to allow Rudolph and friends to hide from life on his island and Rudolph's coming of age, with his adult antlers linked to his recognition that he needed to return home and face his fears.
(One prophetic multicultural note in the story : the secular appeal of Christmas is broadened by giving Mrs. Claus an identifiably Yiddish accent.)
And it's always nice to see a Christmas tale which advocates Christian charity towards one's enemies rather than retributive killing, such as redemption instead of death for the Abominable Snowmonster.
* During the original network TV airing, commercials for General Electric featured Santa's elves from the show.
* Although Yukon Cornelius says he needs "gunpowder" and he has a revolver tucked in his belt, the politically correct toys released in 1999 in America have a knife instead of a revolver.
* Hermie is the only elf without pointed ears. He's also the only male elf with hair on top of his head.
* Why is Dolly for Sue, who is apparently a perfectly ordinary doll, living on the Island of Misfit Toys? This gripping debate raged on for decades, until official word from Rankin-Bass recently decided the issue: Dolly for Sue is a "misfit" because she has psychological problems - she feels unloved.
* Billy (Billie Mae) Richards also provided the voice for Smoothie Bear in a series of animated commercials for Kraft Peanut Butter.
* Although the animations were filmed in Japan, the entire soundtrack for "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was recorded in a studio near Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario; most of the singing and speaking cast were Canadian.
* Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas" was a seasonal standard long before it was used in the film.
* But Who's Counting Dept.: When Santa's sleigh finally takes off into the storm near the end of the film, it's being pulled by SIX reindeer instead of eight, with Rudolph leading the way.
* Yukon Cornelius' stalwart sled dogs include a beagle, a Scottie, a cocker spaniel, a poodle, and a chihuahua!
* At the conclusion of "Holly Jolly Christmas", Hermie the elf can be seen dancing (and flirting) with an equally attentive girl elf, suggesting a budding romance.
* Also seen in "Holly Jolly Christmas": As Rudolph tests his nose pre-flight by firing it up at full power, the elf standing closest to him is wearing protective sunglasses!
* Although the Rudolph puppet - which still exists - appears to be about three feet tall when viewed on screen, it's only an illusion: in reality, "Rudolph" is palm-sized - approximately the same size as a very small kitten.
* The face of Sam the Snowman was intentionally designed to resemble "Rudolph"'s scriptwriter, Romeo Muller.
* According to brother Ken Muller, Romeo Muller actually intended the elf to be named "Herbie", after a childhood friend. Rudolph's sweetheart was named "Clarice" in honor of the bride-to-be of another close friend.
* Billie Mae Richards ("Rudolph") and Paul Soles ("Hermey") are now neighbors in an Ontario retirement community.
* When Yukon Cornelius throws his pick axe into the ground and takes it out and licks it, he's checking neither for gold nor silver. The original concept for the special stated that Yukon was in fact searching for the elusive peppermint mine, which he found eventually.
* After an outcry of protest insisting on a happy ending for the Misfit Toys, new scenes were animated depicting Santa's sleigh rescuing them and finding homes for them all.
* When the film was first released, the technology of using an articulated metal armature inside the figures was considered so amazing that TV guide devoted four pages to the story. They failed to mention that the "new" technology had been pioneered years before, most prominently inside the gorilla King Kong (1933).
* Rudolph was to have been delivered to Donner and his wife by stork, but when General Electric brought in Burl Ives as the narrator, the scene was scrapped and never filmed, so that it now appears that Rudolph was born naturally.
* With the exception of Charlie-In-The-Box, none of the Misfit Toys has a name.
* Original puppets of Santa & young Rudolph from the 1964 production went on tour in Nov 2007. When purchased by their new owner, both were in poor condition...Santa had mold under his beard & half of his mustache was gone, while Rudolph's nose was gone. The owner took them to stop-motion animation studio Screen Novelties International, who restored them "as a labor of love" for expenses only- $4000. The puppets originally cost $5000 each in 1964.
* The Santa puppet is 8" tall. Young Rudolph is only 4" tall. Rudolph's nose really lights. The puppets are made from wood, wire and fabric and are quite fragile. The Japanese company that handled animation made several copies of each puppet, since they didn't last long under the constant handling of stop-motion posing. None of these copies are known to exist.
* The 1964 showing did not have Santa picking up toys from the Island of Misfit Toys at the end. A letter-writing campaign ensued and the new ending was added in 1965. Also in 1965, sponsor General Electric insisted on replacing the song "We're a Couple of Misfits" with "Fame and Fortune", a change that lasted until 1998, when "Misfits" was put back in.
* Rudolph, Clarice, Donner, Yukon Cornelius, Charlie-in-the-Box, Bumble, and Santa Claus all appeared in a Holiday TV commercial for AFLAC in 2007.