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

Goofs

Revealing mistakes 

When Clarisse and Mrs. Donner leave the cave to search for Rudolph, their shadows disappear as soon as they are out of the cave, indicating that they were removed as soon as they were out of range.
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Anachronisms 

Although the film was copyrighted and released in 1964, the Roman Numerals copyright date in the main titles is shown as "MCLXIV", which would be the year 1164, eight centuries earlier. 1964 is MCMLXIV, in Roman Numerals.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The head elf's voice is clearly a different actor when he's conducting the choir.
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During one of the songs, Sam the Snowman is handed a banjo and begins plucking it. However, no banjo is used in the song he's performing.
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During several frames of the "We Are Santa's Elves" song, the elves' mouths aren't moving.
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When Mrs. Claus goes out the door after Santa, the sound of the door slamming occurs before the door is shut.
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As Sam introduces the Christmas seals, clapping is heard in the soundtrack, but none of the seals are clapping.
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Character error 

When the elf is dropping presents from the back of Santa's flying sleigh at the end of the movie, each toy is handed an umbrella for them to use as a parachute. When the elf comes across a toy bird, he pauses and then tosses the bird over without an umbrella, thinking it wouldn't be needed. Unfortunately, that particular bird was the one from the Island of Misfit Toys, and cannot fly (but swims).
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When Rudolph is in front of King Moonracer he states "When and if we ever get back [to Christmas town] we'll tell Santa". This is in response to Moonracer asking them to get Santa to distribute all the misfit toys. "Dolly for Sue" in response to Charlie's comment about having to wait another year says "But Rudolph promised we'd go this time." Rudolph never made such a promise.
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The elf "Hermey" is called "Herbie" by some characters.
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When Rudolph leaves Cornelius and Hermie in the cabin to set out on his own, the narrator says that Rudolph does this as to not "endanger his friends lives any more." Yet, when he exits the cabin, he leaves the door wide open in supposedly frigid North Pole temperatures.
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According to Sam the Snowman's narration, it was the day before Christmas Eve when Santa Claus initially decided to cancel Christmas due to the bad weather. That same day, however, Santa asks Rudolph to guide his sleigh "tonight" (that is, Christmas Eve).
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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?
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The Snowman's pocket watch never changes time throughout the show.
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Just before singing "Santa's Elves," the lead elf is clearly voiced by a different actor than in earlier and later scenes.
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Continuity 

When Rudolph, Hermey, and Cornelius are floating on the ice, you can see the dogs laying on the sled. When it hits the Island of Misfit Toys the dogs are not there. Obviously they reappear later in the movie.
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Rudolph's throat and chest markings change drastically in the last 1/3 of the film.
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During the scene leading up to Santa's plea to Rudolph to guide the sleigh, Rudolph's nose keeps changing its size and shape.
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The train on the Island of Misfit Toys is there because his caboose has square wheels. At the end of the show, however, when the elf is dropping toys from Santa's sleigh, the train no longer has its caboose.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The Abominable Snowmonster's legs are longer when they first appear than they are on the actual doll; these legs are actually those of an animator.
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Errors in geography 

When Rudolph, Hermie, and Yukon Cornelius are inside their cabin on the Island of Misfit Toys, in spite of the Arctic deep freeze, flowers can be seen blooming in all the window boxes.
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Factual errors 

The female reindeer have no antlers. These are the only deer where the females also have antlers.
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The opening credits are in all capital letters. At one point Burl Ives' name is spelled BURL IVES but later it's BURI IVES.
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Miscellaneous 

Sam the Snowman said that when Hermey and Yukon arrive in Christmas Town just as the storm hits, he himself sent them to the cave of the Abominable Snow Monster. But how did Sam know that Rudolph and the other reindeer were in the cave?
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Plot holes 

When Santa leaves at the end, with Rudolph at the head of the team, there are only 7 reindeer altogether (including Rudolph himself). There should be 9. The reindeer were divided in a subplot which was cut from the final film.
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When the Bumble & Cornelius go over the cliff the reindeer look down sadly. If "Bumbles bounce" as Cornelius says later, they would have bounced back up quickly and the reindeer would have seen this.
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When Rudolph leaves Yukon and Hermey, he says he hopes Yukon finds lots of tinsel. But Yukon never said he was looking for tinsel. He was looking for gold, then later silver. Only Sam the Snowman mentions tinsel, when he speaking (not singing) between the verses of his "Silver and Gold" song.
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When Rudolph arrives home and finds out from Santa that his parents have been out for months looking for him, he heads off for the cave of the Abominable Snow Monster. But how did he know to go there?
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Revealing mistakes 

In the beginning where Rudolph is born, Donner says "How can you overlook that?". His antlers bend dramatically, but raise back up when he looks at Santa arriving.
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While Mrs. Claus is telling Santa to eat, the food shown is gray and unpainted.
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As Rudolph and Santa are about to land on the Island of Misfit Toys, the fire that the toys are sitting around is gone even though the glow surrounding the firewood can still be seen.
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During "We are Santa's Elves", the tall elf wearing glasses appears out of nowhere the first time he sings "We don't like to brag".
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