Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Absolutely the Top Christmas Special
Few hour-long television specials have had such an enduring impact as Rankin/Bass Productions' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), directed by Larry Roemer. Telecast every year since, it is the longest-running Christmas TV special and one of only four of the classic 1960s Christmas specials still regularly shown (the others are "Frosty the Snowman," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas"). The show was based on the holiday song, which in turn was based on a poem written by composer Johnny Marks' brother-in-law, Robert L. May. Marks himself did the music for this special, and Romeo Muller adapted the song as a screenplay. Burl Ives, famous as both a singer and actor, plays Sam the Snowman, who narrates and sings.
|Young Rudolph showing that his nose glows when he gets excited|
|The misfit toys chatting with Rudolph|
|GE was so happy, it wound up buying the entire network|
Unfortunately, while jumping around in joy when she proves receptive, the cover pops off his nose, revealing his shameful secret. All the other reindeer except Clarice immediately abandon him, and he is prohibited by Coach Comet (Kligman) from learning how to pull Santa's sleigh. Furthermore, Clarice's father (Kligman again) forbids her from seeing Rudolph.
|Rudolph is crafted in innocent, boyish fashion|
|Yukon Cornelius waving his pike|
|The Abominable Snowman showing his toothy grin|
|The Abominable Snowman putting the star on the Christmas Tree|
|Rudolph in mid-flight|
|Santa and his sleigh riding above the clouds|