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Classic "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer" cartoon

Rudolph the Red Nose ReindeerRudolph the Red Nose Raindeer cartoon is a holiday classic.

Almost every American child since 1948 has seen the cartoon at least once or many times. The orginal "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is a popular Christmas story about Santa Claus' ninth and lead reindeer.

Rudolph possesses an unusually red colored nose that gives off its own light that is powerful enough to illuminate the team's path through inclement weather.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer DVD (1964)

• Actors: Burl Ives, Billie Mae Richards, Paul Soles, Larry D. Mann, Stan Francis
• Directors: Kizo Nagashima, Larry Roemer
• Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, NTSC
• Studio: Classic Media
• DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
• Run Time: 65 minutes

Let the reindeer games begin with RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER®, the longest-running holiday special in television history now on CBS TV. This digitally re-mastered classic has entertained millions of families since 1964, with the world-renowned musical score from Johnny Marks and the voice talent of legendary performer Burl Ives (Sam the Snowman).

Max Fleischer's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is enjoyable animated Christmas short

Rudolph the Red Nose ReindeerThe story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is owned by The Rudolph Company, L.P. and has been sold in numerous forms including a popular song, a television special (done in stop motion animation), and a feature film.

Rudolph was created by Robert L. May in 1939 as part of his employment with Montgomery Ward. Character Arts, LLC manages the licensing for the Rudolph Company, L.P.

While the story and song have not passed into public domain (the cartton video is in the public domain), they have established themselves as folklore (as evidenced by the development of local variations and parodies such as "Deadeye the Lonesome Cowboy," collected in the field by Simon J. Bronner and included in "American Children's Folklore"). Read more...

Max Fleischer

Writers: Robert May (story)
Joe Stultz (adaptation)
Release Date: 1948 (USA)
Runtime: 8 mintues

Long surpassed by the 1964 Rankin/Bass version, this 1948 animated version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer directed by Max Fleischer is enjoyable in its own right. Narrated by Paul Wing, the story begins with the lead character already not allowed to skate on ice with the others (all of whom wear pillows on their backs to break their falls).

His mother then calls him (there's no father here) and as Rudolph sleeps in his bed, Santa has trouble with his eight reindeer (who he calls by name as they pass him) with the fog and blizzard in his way.

If you know the song by heart (and who doesn't?), you can figure out what happens next and I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't heard of this story yet. Nice animation throughout and good pacing for a 7-minute short. Worth seeing for Fleischer, Rudolph, and animation fans.

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