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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

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A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

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Larry Roemer

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Romeo Muller, Robert May (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burl Ives ... Sam the Snowman (voice)
Larry D. Mann ... Yukon Cornelius (voice) (as Larry Mann)
Billie Mae Richards ... Rudolph (voice) (as Billy Richards)
Paul Soles Paul Soles ... Hermey (voice)
Stan Francis Stan Francis ... Santa Claus / King Moonracer (voice)
Alfie Scopp ... Charlie-In-The-Box / Fireball / Other Reindeer (voice)
Janis Orenstein Janis Orenstein ... Clarice (voice)
Paul Kligman Paul Kligman ... Donner / Clarice's Father / Comet the Coach (voice)
Carl Banas Carl Banas ... Head Elf / Spotted Elephant / Other Toys (voice)
Corinne Conley ... Doll / Others (voice) (as Corine Conley)
Peg Dixon 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. Rudolph 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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The Most Famous Reindeer of All Time!


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Details

Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Although Yukon Cornelius says he needs "gunpowder" and he has a revolver tucked in his belt, the toys released in 1999 in America have a knife instead of a revolver. See more »

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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). See more »

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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

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Alternate Versions

In the original TV version of the show, Rudolph, Hermey the elf and Yukon Cornelius visit the Island of Misfit Toys and promise to help them, but the Misfits are never mentioned again. After it was shown, the producers were inundated with letters from children complaining that nothing had been done to help the Misfit Toys. In response, Rankin-Bass produced a new short scene at the end of the show in which Santa and his reindeer, led by Rudolph, land on the Island and pick up all the toys to find homes for them, which has ever since been the standard version of the show run during the holidays. See more »

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Soundtracks

Fame and Fortune
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Billie Mae Richards and Paul Soles
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Richard on Rudolph
19 February 2002 | by pirate1_powerSee all my reviews

Videocraft International Limited; The General Electric Fantasy Hour; all those remarkable numbers; Romeo Muller's script; the legendary Hermey, the elf who wanted the world of dentistry rather than the magic of the North Pole; Burl Ives as the irreplacable Sam the Snowman, who tells our tale; the beautiful vocal of tones of ol' neon-nose himself, as uttered by Billie Mae Richards --- and that ultimate stop-motion animation paradise, the Island of Misfit Toys.

Any proper exploration of the Enchanted World of Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass must begin here.... with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer --- television's longest continuously aired animated Christmas special. It was the cornerstone of everything R/B would eventually accomplish over the next 4 decades; it did instill some negative feelings in me --- for a time. But until I read Rick Goldschmidt's recently published in-depth chronicle of this 1964 television landmark, featuring Muller's complete screenplay, I realized that there was much about the film I didn't know. How fortunate we are that Rick was able to open our eyes and set the record straight.

To the dum-dums of the Television Academy: I've bugged you about this for several years; now, more than ever, Arthur and Jules need to be there --- there being the Television Academy Hall of Fame. I hope those who still watch and enjoy Rankin/Bass' Rudolph will agree with me and bug the TV Academy into putting the boys there. 'Nuff said.


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