Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer every year is the same as setting up the tree. Every year I would look forward to seeing this along with the others but what a fantastic durable show this has been. When I hear Burl Ives in anything…I think of him as the narrator Sam the Snowman of this program.

The characters are wonderful. Well except those other young reindeer who really come down on Rudolph when his nose lights up.

Hermey the elf who wants to be a dentist
Clarice – The reindeer who likes Rudolph just as he is red nose and all.
Yukon Cornelius the prospector who loves silver and gold and has a tongue that can find his silver and gold.
Abominable Snowman – The bad guy of the show who only needs a dentist to make him a good guy.
Head Elf – He leans on Hermey to get his elf self-act together and discourages him from being a dentist…I never liked him too much.

Throughout the special, Yukon Cornelius is seen throwing his pickaxe into the ground, taking it out and licking it. It turns out that he is checking for neither gold nor silver; Yukon was actually searching for an elusive peppermint mine. In a scene right at the end of the special’s original broadcast, deleted the next year to make room for the Misfit Toys’ new scene, Cornelius pulled his pick from the ground, licked it and said, “Peppermint! What I’ve been searching for all my life! I’ve struck it rich! I’ve got me a peppermint mine! Wahoo!” The scene was restored in 1998 and has been reinstated in all the subsequent home video release except for the 2004 DVD release. However, this scene is still cut from recent televised airings.

The Island of Misplaced Toys got to me when I was a kid. I really felt sorry for these lonely toys. King Moonracer was over the island and tried to convinced Rudolph to tell Santa about them so he could pick them up and find kids who would play with them.

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The original 1964 airing did not include the closing scene where Santa picks up the misfit toys. That scene was added in 1965, in response to complaints that Santa was not shown fulfilling his promise to include them in his annual delivery.

The stop animation in this works really well.

The songs are really good. Silver and Gold, Holly Jolly Christmas, Jingle Jingle Jingle, We Are Santa’s Elves, There’s Always Tomorrow, We’re a Couple of Misfits and The Most Wonderful Day of the Year.


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

8 thoughts on “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”

  1. This has to be my all time favorite, along with the Little Drummer Boy. One of my 8 year old grandsons just told me that these two cartoons are Old School! I laughed so hard, but told him they are Classics and the creators used all of the special effects they had back then which were amazing and still amazing to the new generation of children. He’s now watching “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” I hope you have a great day, Max!

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    1. This one and a Charlie Brown Christmas are my favorite Christmas shows…lol yea Old School it is! I do like the stop-animation because it is real…real objects I should say.

      Kids still like it which is really cool and says alot about the original makers.

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  2. I loved this one, and still do, particularly Burl Ives as Sam the Snowman. I still think it ain’t Christmas until I hear “Have a holly jolly Christmas.” (Although my warped sense of humor has me singing “say hello to friends you know, and kick them in the seat” and “somebody waits for you, kick her once for me”…)

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    1. I’ve always liked this one also…this one and a Charlie Brown Christmas are probably my favorites.
      LOL I will remember that now!


  3. Another childhood fave which remains a beloved thing to watch. I love the misfit toys and especially the snowman Burl Ives. Glad they revised it in 65 to get those toys picked up!

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