Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

TV Movie   |  TV-G   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy


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A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.


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Director:

Larry Roemer

Writers:

Romeo Muller, Robert May (story), Johnny Marks (song)

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4 February 2002 | buyjesus
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| christmastacular
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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The face of Sam the Snowman was intentionally designed to resemble singer-actor Burl Ives, who provided the voice for the character.


Quotes

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 ...


Goofs

At the beginning when Rudolph is born, Donner says "How can you overlook that?" As he does, his antlers bend dramatically, but rise back up when he looks at Santa arriving.


Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, we see the elves drop off the Misfit toys at their new homes by giving each one an umbrella, and after the credits are over, Santa Claus says "Merry Christmas" and flies away.


Alternate Versions

The 1998 restored version contains a longer version of "We Are Santa's Elves", a duet reprise of "We're A Couple Of Misfits", plus additional narration by Burl Ives and two short scenes towards the end resolving Yukon Cornelius' quest for gold (he discovers that all he was really searching for was a peppermint mine) and Santa's lead reindeer Donner looking up at Rudolph in the air and proclaiming "That's my buck". The version that originally premiered on NBC in 1964 had these sequences minus the Island Of Misfit Toys ending (where Santa and company return to the Island to rescue the toys that had been left behind earlier in the story) -- that was animated, filmed, and used for the 1965 re-broadcast (and all subsequent telecasts and video releases through 1997) after viewer protests demanded a resolution of that storyline. The original version also had a different main title that does not mention "Rankin/Bass present" (as it had already been established it was originally a General Electric presentation -- GE had been the show's original sponsor), and an end credits sequence where the elves show the technical credits on gift boxes before dumping them on the ground to their destinations. The 1965-1997 re-edit has the "Rankin/Bass present" subtitle at the beginning, and an alternate end credits sequence with the elves putting their gifts under flying umbrellas to take them to their destinations (as the technical credits are superimposed on the screen), while omitting the instrumental bridge to "We Are Santa's Elves" and the "Peppermint Mine" & "That's my buck" dialog sequences, and finally replacing the "...Misfits" reprise with the song "Fame And Fortune" (which appears on the current DVD release as a separate supplement). The Island Of Misfit Toys ending was later incorporated into the 1998 restored version, which (as of 12/2002) continues to air annually on CBS.


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The Most Wonderful Day of the Year
Written by
Johnny Marks
Performed by the Misfit Toys

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Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical

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