15 Wild Stories From The Making Of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

15 Wild Stories From The Making Of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Reindeer and dentists, puppets and LED fluorescent lamps, Genomic Autry and General Electric–to the lay person these unlikely pairings appear to have little in common. But they all contributed to the creation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a beloved Christmas special that is now in its 57th year of annual episode reruns. 

A succession of tragedies, twists of fate, and/or lucky inconsistencies allowed Rudolph's story to survive through the centuries, eventually securing a place throughout holiday tradition.

We look into the beginnings of this and some other Christmas music written by even the most highly improbable people. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was written by a Jewish author who was inspired to create his little reindeer by the death of a spouse and his love for his baby girl.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, may have even been created for marketing reasons (shocker). In particular, 1930s advertising for a Chicago shopping mall. Scroll down for more information on that and other topics:

Robert L. May chose his subject based on his daughter's obsession. He picked a reindeer to write about not just because reindeer were popping up on Ch

Source: TIME

In the 7Os, the puppets were used as Christmas decorations. They wound up in the hands of Barbara Adams, who had been a secretary at the movie's prod

Source: ArtNet

Rudolph almost didn't get to have a red nose, because that reminded people of alcoholics. Some participants in a focus group said the nose had connot

Source: TIME

Rudolph was almost Rollo, Rodney, Reginald, Roland, or Roderick. Reginald seemed too sophisticated, and Rollo didn't work because it sounded too ha

Source: TIME

Rudolph was created to market a Chicago department store. Wrinen for MONTGOMERY WARD by ROBERT L. MAY Author of Benny the Bunny Liked Beans In the 1

Source: NPR

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