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Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

TV Movie  -   -  Animation | Adventure | Family  -  6 December 1964 (USA)
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A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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 ...
Paul Kligman ...
Donner / Clarice's Father / Comet the Coach (voice)
Janis Orenstein ...
Clarice (voice)
Alfie Scopp ...
Charlie-In-The-Box / Fireball / Other Reindeer (voice)
Carl Banas ...
Head Elf / Spotted Elephant / Other Toys (voice)
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Doll / Others (voice)
Peg Dixon ...
Mrs. Donner / Mrs. Claus / Others (voice)
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Storyline

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... Written by Kathy Li

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reindeer | misfit | toy | snowman | sleigh | See All (59) »

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The Most Famous Reindeer of All Time!


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6 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The Roman Numeric copyright year on the title screen is MCLXIV (1164) but should be MCMLXIV (1964). See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Claus keeps prompting Santa to 'Eat, Papa, eat.' But in the final scene, the elf is throwing toys from the sleigh while flying through the night. What difference does it make if Santa is skinny if he never stops to deliver toys? See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Sam the Snowman: If I live to be 100, I'll never forget that big snow storm a couple of years ago. The weather closed in and, well you might not believe it, but the world almost missed Christmas. Oh, excuse me, call me Sam. What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a talking snowman before?
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, we see the elves drop off the Misfit toys at their new homes by giving each one an umbrella, and after the credits are over, Santa Claus says "Merry Christmas" and flies away. See more »


Soundtracks

Fame and Fortune
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Billie Mae Richards and Paul Soles
(Alternative version of "We're A Couple of Misfits")
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christmastacular
4 February 2002 | by (cathy's room in amherst) – See all my reviews

perhaps the best of the early rainker/ bass productions, Rudolph and the tale of the island of misfit toys is classic, nearly flawless with great original songs. there is little better to get into the holiday spirit. the animation is a little bizarre and perhaps even a little frightening for young kids, which may explain why they don't show it as much. or maybe it's because it lacks flash and pizazz and all that showy junk that passes for entertainment on tv nowadays. Give me this stuff anyday. the only problem i have is the fact that they make santa and all the other reindeer out to be such b*****ds. If I were Rudolph, I wouldn't let santa use me as his tool, I'd tell him to cram it. Of course that's just my opinion.


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