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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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Taglines:

The Most Famous Reindeer of All Time!


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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Rudolph was to have been delivered to Donner and his wife by a stork. This idea was scrapped when General Electric brought in Burl Ives as the narrator, and was never filmed. It now appears that Rudolph was born naturally and his actual last name is Donner. See more »

Goofs

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? 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 version shown on CBS in the mid 1980s included several edits: 1) The entire "We Are Santa's Elves" rehearsal segment was cut. 2) The segment of Yukon Cornelius showing the dogs how to mush was cut. 3) The quote said by Donner to Mrs. Donner, "no, this is man's work" was edited out. 4. "Fame and Fortune" was, of course, used over "We're a couple of misfits" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Moneyball (2011) See more »

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Silver and Gold
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Burl Ives
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christmastacular
4 February 2002 | by buyjesusSee all my reviews

perhaps the best of the early rainker/ bass productions, Rudolph and the tale of the island of misfit toys is classic, nearly flawless with great original songs. there is little better to get into the holiday spirit. the animation is a little bizarre and perhaps even a little frightening for young kids, which may explain why they don't show it as much. or maybe it's because it lacks flash and pizazz and all that showy junk that passes for entertainment on tv nowadays. Give me this stuff anyday. the only problem i have is the fact that they make santa and all the other reindeer out to be such b*****ds. If I were Rudolph, I wouldn't let santa use me as his tool, I'd tell him to cram it. Of course that's just my opinion.


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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:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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