Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV Movie 1964) Poster


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Followed by 

Frosty the Snowman (1969) (TV Movie)
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) (TV Movie)
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) (TV Movie)
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976) (TV Short)
Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976) (TV Movie)
Frosty Returns (1992) (TV Short)
A Miser Brothers' Christmas (2008) (TV Movie)

Version of 


The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933) (Short)
'Quoted' by Yukon Cornelius: "Isn't a fit night out for man nor beast".

Referenced in 

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) (TV Movie)
When the reindeer take off and the children start to rattle off their names, one child says "...and don't forget," referring to Rudolph. The narrator says "that's another story," referring to the Rankin-Bass special based on the character.
Heathers (1988)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Humanoid Woman (1989) (TV Episode)
"Who want to have a Jack in the Box named Charlie"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1989) (TV Episode)
Crow: "The Land of Misfit Toys"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Earth vs. the Spider (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Thank you, Yukon Cornelius."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1991) (TV Episode)
the new Island of Misfit Toys
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bride of the Monster (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel and the bots sing Fame and Fortune.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Voyage of Sinbad (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Yukon Cornelius over here"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gunslinger (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Rudolph): "She thinks I'm cuuuuute!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) (TV Episode)
Servo: Yukon Cornelius and Herbie are calling.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: (as Rudolph) She thinks I'm cute!
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 12 to the Moon (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike (as Hermey): "I want to be a dentist."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Last of the Wild Horses (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Hermey): "I want to be a dentist!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Starfighters (1994) (TV Episode)
"The refueling jet likes me, he thinks I'm cuuuuuuuuuute!!! "
Mystery Science Theater 3000: San Francisco International (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: "He's from the Island of Misfit Toys."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Danger!! Death Ray (1995) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Hermey, the misfit elf!"
Pinky and the Brain: A Pinky & the Brain Christmas (1995) (TV Episode)
On the way to Santa's workshop, Pinky says he doesn't want to be an elf, he wants to be a dentist like the elf Herbie in the original.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Yukon Cornelius!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Deadly Mantis (1997) (TV Episode)
Servo: Herbie the Misfit Elf is wanted for questioning.
South Park: Volcano (1997) (TV Episode)
The scene where Scuzzlebutt puts a star on top of a tree is a reference to a similar scene in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in which the Abominable Snow Monster places a Christmas star atop a large tree.
The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police: The Thing That Wouldn't Stop It (1997) (TV Episode)
After being frozen Max does a Snowman Sam impression
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Mutiny (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: Herbie, the misfit elf.
The Simpsons: King of the Hill (1998) (TV Episode)
In Homer's hallucination he imagines the Bumble from this special carrying him to the top of the mountain.
The X-Files: Sein und Zeit (2000) (TV Episode)
The kids at the seedy Santa's Village attraction were singing the song.
Christmas in South Park (2000) (Video)
Corky Romano (2001)
That '70s Show: An Eric Forman Christmas (2001) (TV Episode)
Kelso daydreams about being part of the TV movie.
Farscape: Unrealized Reality (2002) (TV Episode)
John says, "I'm getting that 'goin' to the Island of Misfit Toys' thing."
Elf (2003)
Buddy's outfit is a direct replica of the elf supervisor from this film. Also, the animated sections showing a talking snowman, unique credits style, singing elves, and Buddy's journey on a floating chunk of ice come from this film.
Kim Possible: A Very Possible Christmas (2003) (TV Episode)
"Snowman Hank" is a homage to "Sam the Snowman." Also the dialogue "Land ho," " No kidding" is taken directly from the old cartoon.
The Simpsons: 'Tis the Fifteenth Season (2003) (TV Episode)
Some of the Misfit Toys appear in a movie Homer watches on TV.
Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding (2004) (TV Movie)
Titus mentions watching it with a girlfriend
Stuck in the Suburbs (2004) (TV Movie)
One of Brittany's friends compares middle-childhood wirh "The Island of Misfit Toys."
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (2004) (TV Series)
One of the sixth-graders Simon hires says "I want to be a dentist."
The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (2005) (Short)
The music the Penguins play in their inhabitat is "I'm The King Of Jing A Ling" from this special.
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Billy and Mandy Save Christmas (2005) (TV Episode)
Charlie in the box and an elf that wants to be a dentist.
Curious George (2006)
Sparky's nose makes the same noise as Rudolph's when it lights up.
WrestleMania 22 (2006) (TV Special)
Tazz calls the assemblage of Goldust, Ted DiBiase, Eugene, the Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Snitsky and Paul Burchill "the land of the misfit toys."
Dolla Morte (2006) (Video)
A doll of Rudolph is featured in this film
The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006) (TV Movie)
one of the elves mentions getting help from his cousin, the dentist on the Island of Lost Toys
The Office: A Benihana Christmas (2006) (TV Episode)
When Michael says that Christmas is canceled, Jim asks, "Will they still air 'Rudolph'?"
Black Christmas (2006)
"the Island of Misfit Toys" is mentioned
American Dragon: Jake Long: Hairy Christmas (2006) (TV Episode)
Fu Dog waddles through the snow like Burl Ives's classic character Sam the Snowman.
Gilmore Girls: Hay Bale Maze (2007) (TV Episode)
Rory tells Logan that her classmates called her "Bozo" and "Rudolph" when she fell and scraped her nose on the pavement.
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: Summer of Our Discontent (2007) (TV Episode)
Zack's summer school teacher assumes her class believes American poet Robert Frost to be Sam the Snowman
Elmo's Christmas Countdown (2007) (TV Movie)
Stiller the Elf says he wants to be a dentist, an allusion to Hermey the elf's misfit desire.
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (2008) (TV Movie)
Theme briefly sung during "Christmas Bells"
Robot Chicken: President Evil (2008) (TV Episode)
Two of the stuffed animals in the corner of the room during the "Dolly Hates You Too" scene are Misfit Toys
Bones: Mayhem on a Cross (2009) (TV Episode)
When Booth hears about Sweet's past, he wonders if they're the Land of Misfit Toys.
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Last Unicorn (2009) (TV Episode)
Listed as a movie made by Rankin/Bass
Glee: Showmance (2009) (TV Episode)
Sue refers to the glee club as the "Island of Misfit Toys".
VeggieTales: Saint Nicholas - A Story of Joyful Giving! (2009) (Video)
Larry makes several references to this specific version.
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation: Christmas Special (2009) (TV Episode)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is mentioned
Phineas and Ferb: Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation (2009) (TV Episode)
In the title sequence, the yeti putting the star on top of the tree is taken from the scene in Rudolph when the bumble/yeti puts the star on the tree.
The Simpsons: O Brother, Where Bart Thou? (2009) (TV Episode)
Bart says that Charlie "escaped from the Island of Misfit Boys."
RiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts-stravaganza! (2009) (TV Movie)
"Where's Hermy the Elf?"
Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?!: M.O.D.O.K. Holiday Special (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by M.O.D.O.K.
Candy Cane Lane (2009) (Short)
Mitch and Malcolm are modeled after the films Santa Claus and Head Elf, respectively.
The People vs. George Lucas (2010)
Mentioned in reference to the best Christmas specials
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Angie refers to the Safety Patrol as "the Island of Misfit Toys."
30 Rock: Don Geiss, America and Hope (2010) (TV Episode)
Jack says he doesn't want Liz to tell him about the escapee from the Island of Misfit Toys she's dating
Justified: Long in the Tooth (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Simpsons: The Fight Before Christmas (2010) (TV Episode)
When Bart arrives at the North Pole, the abominable snowman is seen mopping the floor.
Community: Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas (2010) (TV Episode)
Abed says he watches the show on December 9 every year with his mother
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.57 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay asks an animated elf what happened to Hermey, the elf who wanted to become a dentist
Saturday Night Live: Jeff Bridges/Eminem and Lil Wayne (2010) (TV Episode)
The snowman from "Rudolph" appears in the cold opening.
Brows Held High: Alice (2011) (TV Episode)
talks about familiar stop-motion
Moneyball (2011)
Peter calls the kind of team he wants to put together "an island of misfit toys"
Eureka: Do You See What I See (2011) (TV Episode)
Everybody is turned into Rudolph-like characters.
Mad: FROST/Undercover Claus (2011) (TV Episode)
King Moonracer, Yukon Cornelius, The Misfit Toys, Bumble & the Santa Claus from this TV special appear in the FROST skit.
Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Fallon/Michael Bublé (2011) (TV Episode)
Michael Bublé sings "A Holly Jolly Christmas."
Brows Held High: W the Movie (2012) (TV Episode)
mentions Yukon Cornelius
Sword Art Online: The Red-Nosed Reindeer (2012) (TV Episode)
Title refrence and Sachi hums the song
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Sam welcomes Charlie to the island of misfit toys.
American Horror Story: Unholy Night (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Mike & Molly: Karaoke Christmas (2012) (TV Episode)
Molly mentions watching "Ruldoph" on Christmas Eve.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.60 (2012) (TV Episode)
Quentin Tarantino says he watched the special every year when he was young
Mad: The Perks of Being a Wallcrawler/Regular Shogun Warriors (2013) (TV Episode)
"Welcome to the Island of Misfit Toys!"
Admission (2013)
Portia references the Island of Misfit Toys.
Graceland: Guadalajara Dog (2013) (TV Episode)
Island of the Misfit Toys mentioned
Saturday Night Live: Paul Rudd/One Direction (2013) (TV Episode)
Reviewed by Jebediah Atkinson on Weekend Update
Robot Chicken: Born Again Virgin Christmas Special (2013) (TV Episode)
Hermey seen
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 18 December 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jon Gruden says this is his favorite Christmas movie
Apollo & Thor (2013) (Short)
Santa Character
The Badly Animated Marvel Christmas Carol (2014) (Video)
The Abominable Snowman, Hermey the elf who wants to be a dentist and Yukon Cornelius make an appearance in the Watering Hole at the North Pole.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jay Leno/Lucy Liu/Kevin Delaney (2014) (TV Episode)
Jimmy and Higgins mention characters during the Superlatives segment
Nostalgia Critic: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2014) (TV Episode)
a mock-up of Rudolph and Hermey is destroyed by the Critic
The Simpsons: I Won't Be Home for Christmas (2014) (TV Episode)
The Abominable Snow Monster of the North appears during the opening sequence.
Studio C: Episode #5.10 (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the cold opening
The Middle: The Christmas Wall (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 10 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
discussion about the 40th anniversary broadcast
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Amy Adams/Nick Offerman/Foo Fighters (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jimmy in his opening monologue
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Ben Stiller/Brie Larson/Damon Wayans (2014) (TV Episode)
In the Thank You Notes segment, Jimmy says the moral of the story is that people will be nice to you only as long as they need your help
Lab Rats: Forbidden Hero (2015) (TV Episode)
Bob, who levitates, runs around shouting "she thinks I'm cute" repeatedly after Caitlin says he's cute.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 2 December 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
discussed by mike Golic

Featured in 

A Hollywood Christmas (1996) (Video)
very brief clip and mention
The Christmas Special Christmas Special (2004) (TV Movie)
Features a few clips from this show.
Killing Cupid (2005)
A scene is shown over a bed where Chenoa and Starfish are lying and talking.
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Crown Vic (2007) (TV Episode)
"Rudolph" can be seen playing on TV sets at the Buy More.
Chuck: Chuck Versus Santa Claus (2008) (TV Episode)
"Rudolph" plays on a TV set at the Buy More.
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Top 10 Scariest Animated Monsters (2009) (TV Episode)
The Abominable Snow Monster takes #1
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Episode #1.118 (2009) (TV Episode)
A clip was shown but different jokes were dubbed over it about the swine flu.
Phelous & the Movies: Santaberg Slays Phelous (2009) (TV Episode)
compares the stop-motion sequence in Santa's Slay to that in Rudolph
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Top 13 Scariest Animated Monsters (2011) (TV Episode)
Abominable Snow Monster takes #11
25 Most Heartwarming Holiday TV Moments (2011) (TV Movie)
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is #2.
Conan: The Island of Misfit Roys: Scheider Edition (2011) (TV Episode)
doctored 'directors cut' clip shown
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Santa Suit (2011) (TV Episode)
Seen playing on various TV sets at the Buy More
Nostalgia Critic: The King and I (2013) (TV Episode)
clip shown when discussing Rankin/Bass
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Clive Owen/Rachel Dratch/Tim Gunn/Jeremy Gara (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip of Hermey shown during the segment A Closer Look
Phelous & the Movies: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (2015) (TV Episode)
Phelous makes frequent comparisons between the cartoons
Phelous & the Movies: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys (2015) (TV Episode)
Phelous compares the original to the Good Times sequel


The Lawrence Welk Show (1955) (TV Series)

Spoofed in 

Tiny Toon Adventures: It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special (1992) (TV Episode)
Spoofs it in a skit with The Red Nosed Reindude
Home Improvement: The Wood, the Bad and the Hungry (1996) (TV Episode)
In the dream sequence, Al resembles Sam the snowman.
South Park: Sexual Harassment Panda (1999) (TV Episode)
The Island of Misfit Mascots Commune is a parody of The Island of Misfit Toys
Saturday Night Live: Ellen Degeneres/No Doubt (2001) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in TV Funhouse
Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2002)
claymation scene with Rudolph and the Abominable Snowman
The Fairly OddParents: Channel Chasers (2004) (TV Episode)
characters enter a computerized spoof of this Rankin-Bass classic
Tripping the Rift: Santa Clownza (2004) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as 'Peaceter Bunny's coming to town
Robot Chicken: Nightmare Generator (2005) (TV Episode)
skit with Santa dead is done in the same style and with the same characters as this special
Robot Chicken: Robot Chicken Christmas Special (2005) (TV Episode)
skit with Santa dead is done in the same style and with the same characters as this special
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse (2006) (TV Special)
Spoofed in The Narrator that ruined Christmas
Robot Chicken: Robot Chicken's Half-Assed Christmas Special (2007) (TV Episode)
Hermey the Elf tries working at various other jobs, including dentist.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas (2009) (TV Episode)
There is a clay-mation scene featuring Hermey the Elf.
A Very Gilly Christmas (2009) (TV Movie)
Spoofed in the second "TV Funhouse" segment; Rudolph's nose turns blue as Santa takes him only to the blue states.
How It Should Have Ended: The Holiday Movie Special (2010) (TV Episode)
Holiday Movie parody
Conan: The Mistletoe Manifesto (2010) (TV Episode)
Conan O'Brien mentions and shows a spoof of this movie in a joke at the beginning of the show
Smodimations 2-D (2011)
The characters go into a stop-motion spoof and are dressed like the characters.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.62 (2011) (TV Episode)
"Barry, the Brown-Nosed Elf" spoofs the show
The Badly Animated Marvel Christmas Carol (2014) (Video)
The snowman narrator is based on Burl Ive's snowman character from Rudolph.
Robot Chicken: Robot Chicken Christmas Special: X-Mas United (2015) (TV Episode)
Hermey, Rudolph, and Bumble appear
Robot Chicken: Triple Hot Dog Sandwich on Wheat (2016) (TV Episode)
Bumble skit

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