Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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  • Type: Movie
  • Genres: Animation, Holiday, Short
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Rudolph is a reindeer, with an unusual red nose that shines. Because of this, he is laughed at and told to go home by his peers. Saddened, he goes home, hangs his stocking and goes to bed. Meanwhile, in the North Pole, Santa Claus notices that the coming fog will be difficult to get through. Nevertheless, him and his reindeer brave out the storm and go anyway. While on the way, an airplane throws them off their course; they land at Rudolph's house, where Santa greets him. Telling Rudolph, "I need you tonight to guide my deer on the rest of our flight", Rudolph helps them. Due to his bravery and his glowing nose, he is accepted and respected by his fellow reindeer and made their commander-in-chief by Santa; the reindeer enjoy a merry Christmas together. 
This 8 min. animated interoperation of the Christmas classic preceded Gene Autry's 1949 song "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the animated 1964 version. It was based on Robert L. May's 1939 story, rather than the song. The 1964 film more closely resembles the song rather than the original story. It is believed that the short was created to advertise Montgomery Ward department stores, the publisher of the original story. 
You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen. Comet, and Cupid, and Donner, and Blitzen. But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? 
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer 
Had a very shiny nose 
And if you ever saw it 
You would even say it glows 
All of the other reindeer 
Used to laugh and call him names 
They never let poor Rudolph 
Join in any reindeer games 
Then one foggy Christmas Eve 
Santa came to say, 
"Rudolph with your nose so bright, 
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" 
Then how the reindeer loved him 
As they shouted out with glee, 
"Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, 
You'll go down in history!" 
Twas the day before Christmas 
And all through the hills 
The reindeer were playing 
Enjoying the spills - of skating,  
And coasting, and climbing the willows, 
And hopscotch, and leap frog protected by pillows 
Look fellas, it's Rudolph. 
His nose is a sight 
It's red as a beet 
Twice as big, twice as bright 
Lookie, lookie, I'm Rudolph. 
Poor Rudolph. Where most reindeer's noses are brownish and tiny, 
Rudolphs was red, very large, and shiny. 
Go on home, red nose. Yo mama's callin' ya. 
Come, come, Rudolph. Tonight you hand up your stocking. 
His nose is a sight 
It's red as a beet 
Twice as big, twice as bright 
What a way, way up North on this dark, foggy night 
Awaking the time for his Christmas Eve flight 
Good old Santa. 
Hmmm, this fog will be hard to get through. Quick quick, get hitched in a hurry. 
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen! Heigh ho!  
To keep our direction we'll have to fly low. 
Come down here, quick! Heigh ho! 
Pretty close. 
Heigh ho! 
The air was still foggy, the night dark and drear 
When Santa arrived at the home of the deer 
But all this took time and filled Santa with glume 
While slowly he crept toward the next reindeer room 
The lamp wasn't burning, the glow came instead 
From Rudolph's red nose at the head of the bed 
And then came the greatest idea in all history 
To Rudolph is told of the dark, and delay 
The fog and blackness, and losing the way 
I need you tonight 
To lead all my deer for the rest of our flight 
Dear Mommy and Daddy, I have gone to help Santa. Don't worry. Rudolph - that's me. 
Hurry, Rudolph. It's very dark here. 
With Rudolph's red nose as a wonder light 
Old Santa flew quickly the rest of the night 
It all went to fast that before it was day 
The very last present was given away 
Hear, ye. Hear, ye. A message from Rudolph. 
Yes, they found Rudolph's message. It's all over town 
Hear, ye. Hear, ye. Rudolph at the stadium. Come one, come all. 
The bad deer that used to do nothing but tease him 
Well now they'd do anything only to please him 
Rudolph, my boy, they'll envy you now far and near 
But no greater honor can come to a deer 
Than riding with Santa and guiding my sleigh 
The number one job on the number one day 
I hope you continue to keep us from grief 
I hereby appoint you Commander-in-Chief 
Speech! Speech! 
And Rudolph just blushed from his head to his toes 
Until his whole fur was a red as his nose 
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night 
Then how the reindeer loved him 
As the shouted out with glee, 
"Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, 
You'll go down in history!" 
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 
Color by Technicolor 
Western Electric Recording 
A Jam Handy Picture 
Song, Words, and Music by Johnny Marks 
Choral Arrangement by Harry R. Wilson 
Theme: George Kleinsinger 
Original Story: Robert L. May 
Screen Adaptation: Joseph Stultz 
Narration: Paul Wing 
Musical Direction: Samuel Benavie 
Musical Arrangements: James Higgins 
Scenics: Shane Miller 
Directed by Max Fleischer 
Animation: Fletcher Smith, William Sturm, Robinson McKee, Howard Kakudo 
Photography: Chas. Schettler 
North Pole 
Deer Mommy and Daddy, 
I have gone to help Santa. Don't worry. 
Welcome Rudolph 
Commander in Chief 
The End

Pop Culture Connections - Outgoing

It plays these songs...

Brahms's Lullaby
performed by Johannes Brahms

This Song is played in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Plays after Rudolph hangs his stocking and goes to bed

Jingle Bells
performed by Traditional

This Song is played in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Plays as Santa, Rudolph, and the reindeer deliver presents

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It is shown on these movies...

A Hollywood Christmas

This Movie shows Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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