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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1948)

Somewhere In Dreamland, Santa's Surprise, Hector's Hectic Life, Snow Foolin, Jack Frost, Christmas Comes But Once A Year, The Night Before Christmas, The Shanty Where Santy Lives

Director:

Max Fleischer

Writers:

Robert May (original story) (as Robert L. May), Joe Stultz (screen adaptation) (as Joseph Stultz)

Star:

Paul Wing
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Paul Wing Paul Wing ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Somewhere In Dreamland, Santa's Surprise, Hector's Hectic Life, Snow Foolin, Jack Frost, Christmas Comes But Once A Year, The Night Before Christmas, The Shanty Where Santy Lives

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Олененок Рудольф See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Last cartoon ever produced by Max Fleischer who produced the Popeye the Sailor man, Betty Boop and Koko the Clown cartoons from the 1910's to the 1940's. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: 'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the hills the reindeer were playing enjoying the spills of skating and coasting and climbing the willows and hopscotch and leap frog... protective pillows.
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Connections

Referenced in Reindeer Games (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Written by Johnny Marks
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I am glad that this is not the only version of this story.
19 October 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1948) is the first movie version of the story, it certainly isn't the last or the most famous. Fortunately, Rankin-Bass made a new version in the 1960s--and it's head and shoulders above this Fleischer cartoon.

As for the Fleischer Brothers, this cartoon was made well after Paramount Studios fired the Fleischers and this represents the final cartoon Max Fleischer made--this time for the tiny Jam Handy Organization. It's really a shame, as Max and his brother Dave really were amazing and this cartoon is inferior to their earlier work. One of the biggest problems is the music. While it is still the original Johnny Marks song, this version is very saccharine and I wish they'd just used the wonderful Gene Autry version--but it wasn't available until the following year. As for the animation, it was decent but not distinguished and the story is a bit on the mushy side. I really think most kids today wouldn't sit still for the cartoon unless they are very, very young and not particularly demanding.


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