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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer [1964]

Director:Kizo Nagashima
Larry Roemer
Writer:Robert May
Romeo Muller
Composer:Johnny Marks
Songs:Johnny Marks
Length:51 minutes
MPAA Rating:TV-G
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
IMDB Rating:8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:90%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Rudolph has a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw it, you would even say it ... something.

Reaction: Great show for kids. It's a Christmas classic.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Kizo Nagashima => Director
Larry Roemer => Director
Robert May => Writer
Romeo Muller => Writer
Johnny Marks => Composer / Songs
Arthur Rankin Jr. => Producer
Jules Bass => Co-Producer
Alfie Scopp => Jeering Reindeers / Other Elves / Head Elf
Billie Mae Richards => Rudolph (as Billy Richards)
Burl Ives => Narrator: Sam the Snowman
Carl Banas => Other Toys / Spotted Elephant / Charlie-In-The-Box
Corinne Conley => Others / Doll
Janis Orenstein => Clarice
Larry D. Mann => Yukon Cornelius (as Larry Mann)
Paul Kligman => Donner / Comet the Coach / Clarice's Father
Paul Soles => Hermey
Peg Dixon => Others / Mrs. Donner
Stan Francis => Santa Claus / King Moonracer

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Why is Dolly for Sue, who is apparently a perfectly ordinary doll, living on the Island of Misfit Toys? This gripping debate raged on for decades, until official word from Rankin-Bass recently decided the issue: Dolly for Sue is a "misfit" because she has psychological problems - she feels unloved.
  • The song {Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer} was a seasonal standard long before it was used in the film.
  • Although Yukon Cornelius says he needs "gunpowder" and he has a revolver tucked in his belt, the politically correct toys released in 1999 in America have a knife instead of a revolver.
  • But Who's Counting Dept.: When Santa's sleigh finally takes off into the storm near the end of the film, it's being pulled by SIX reindeer instead of eight, with Rudolph leading the way.
  • Although the Rudolph puppet - which still exists - appears to be about three feet tall when viewed on screen, it's only an illusion: in reality, "Rudolph" is palm-sized - approximately the same size as a very small kitten.
  • Billie Mae Richards ("Rudolph") and Paul Soles ("Hermey") are now neighbors in an Ontario retirement community.
  • Yukon Cornelius' stalwart sled dogs include a Cocker Spaniel, a Poodle, a Saint Bernard, a Collie, and a Dachshund.
  • When Yukon Cornelius throws his pick axe into the ground and takes it out and licks it, he's checking neither for gold nor silver. The original concept for the special stated that Yukon was in fact searching for the elusive peppermint mine, which he found eventually.
  • With the exception of Charlie-In-The-Box, none of the Misfit Toys has a name.
  • 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.