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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.

Director:

Larry Roemer

Writers:

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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Trivia

In the feature film, Elf (2003), the North Pole depicted, and the elf costumes for Buddy (played by Will Ferrell) and the other elves, were modeled after the clothes the elves wear in this production. Furthermore the character of Leon the Snowman bears a strong resemblance to Burl Ives' Sam Snowman. See more »

Goofs

The elf "Hermey" is called "Herbie" by some characters. See more »

Quotes

[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

If you pay close attention to the opening credits, below the credit of "Burl Ives sings", you'll see a small house fly buzzing around on the fake snow! 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 »


Soundtracks

Fame and Fortune
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Billie Mae Richards and Paul Soles
(Alternative version of "We're A Couple of Misfits")
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simply wonderful
31 March 2006 | by rebeljennSee all my reviews

Christmas would not be the same without this wonderful story, 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'. This film, narrated by talking snowman voiced by Burl Ives, is a claymation which tells Rudolph's story. It's a children's film, but it is one that adults can enjoy too because it is a cute film, and it offers nastalgic value. It also has a few classic Christmas songs; combine that with a good story and the warmth and happy ending, and you have the perfect Christmas family film. This film was one of my favourites as a child, and I still love it today. Excellent; I wish they made them more like this. I cannot fault this film in any way.


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Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

Country:

USA | Canada | 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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