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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

With the exception of Charlie-In-The-Box and Sue the doll, none of the other Misfit Toys have a proper first name. See more »

Goofs

Santa's reindeer are obviously named for the reindeer from the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas (Twas the Night Before Christmas) by Clement Clarke Moore. Rudolph's dad is being called Donner while in the original poem his name is Donder. 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

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

The 1964 showing did not have Santa picking up toys from the Island of Misfit Toys at the end. A letter-writing campaign ensued and the new ending was added in 1965. Also in 1965, sponsor General Electric insisted on replacing the song "We're a Couple of Misfits" with "Fame and Fortune", a change that lasted until 1998, when "Misfits" was put back in. See more »

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Soundtracks

A Holly Jolly Christmas
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Burl Ives
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Iconic Christmas TV special
10 December 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Sam the Snowman narrates the story of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. His parents, the Donners, try to hide his glowing nose but during the Reindeer Games, his fake nose falls off. He is ridiculed and kicked out of the games. Meanwhile, an elf named Hermey would rather be a dentist than making toys. He runs away and meets Rudolph. They join up with prospector Yukon Cornelius who is looking for gold and silver. They escape the Abominable Snow Monster and discover the Island of Misfit Toys.

This is a classic with two of the best Christmas songs ever; "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "A Holly Jolly Christmas". The stop-motion animation has an old fashion charm. It also brings to the world the Island of Misfit Toys. The only minor complaint is that Santa needs to be more jolly. He's a little judgmental on Rudolph's nose early on. It's a small point in what is an imaginative icon.


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