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

In true Christmas tradition, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created for marketing purposes. Specifically, marketing for a Chicago department store in the 1930s. Check out the details about that and more:


Rudolph characters starred in ads for GE products. e The ads were shown at the movie's first airing, and they hawked things like an electric blanket,

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The animation technique they used came from political propaganda films. Tadahito Mochinaga started developing the technique, called Animagic, in his p

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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

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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

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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

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The animators went to a deer sanctuary. Before starting on the animation, Tadahito Mochinaga and his assistant Hiroshi Tabata went to Nara Park near O

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

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The Island of Misfit Toys sequence wasn't there originally. They put it in in 1965, a year after the movie was first shown, because viewers complained

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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

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The TV special only got made because of where the songwriter lived. Johnny Marks, who wrote the Rudolph song, lived in Greenwich Village in the early

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The female doll on The Island of Misfit Toys is just a joke. When people asked what the doll was doing there, Arthur Rankin, Jr. would just say she go

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They used cellophane for the animated water.

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Burl Ives almost missed out on playing Sam the Snowman. Another actor had already recorded all of Sam's lines, but the filmmakers agreed that wouldn't

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The producers tried to hide the fact that Rudolph was voiced by a woman. VAMFHACD> That's why they originally credited the voice actress, Billie Mae R

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We can partly thank country singer Gene Autry's wife for the TV special. The Rudolph song, based on the booklet, got shopped around to popular '40s si

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