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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.


Larry Roemer


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





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)


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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Did You Know?


In 'That '70s Show: An Eric Forman Christmas (2001)' episode of 'That 70's Show', Michael Kelso dreams of meeting Rudolph, Santa, and The Little Drummer Boy (who starred in another Rankin-Bass holiday special), and lamenting to them that his friends think he's too old to watch Christmas cartoons. The characters disagree, telling Kelso to keep right on watching every year, if he still enjoys them. See more »


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-in-the-Box's comment about having to wait another year says "But Rudolph promised we'd go this time." Rudolph never made such a promise. See more »


[first lines]
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

In the ending credits, you can hear a whooshing noise. This is from the original 1964 ending credits before the misfit toys were picked up. The whooshing is from the elf throwing presents out of the sack with the credits written on the boxes! See more »

Alternate Versions

When remastered in High-Definition for the CBS airing in 2005, the special featured a highly-edited version of the song "We're a Couple of Misfits" synched to the animation of "Fame and Fortune," and the special also removed the musical interlude to the song "We Are Santa's Elves." See more »


There's Always Tomorrow
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Janis Orenstein
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The old classic....NBC studios NYC museum still has an exhibit
27 November 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

The figurines are still displayed...the old snowman (voice by Burl Ives), Rudolph, Clarice,the assorted elves, the Abonimable snowman...

What a great show for children!. This, like "Davey and Goliath" captures the child's imagination, and has no blood or gore (except maybe when Rudolph gets in trouble!). Not to worry though, it all works out.

It is a great story and the figures are so life-like; children under age nine especially will love this. It is very telling that over thirty years later I can remember this tale, and want my children to watch this. There is really nothing else as well done for the season. A must see for all young viewers, and adults who need a dose of Christmas!. 10/10.

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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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