Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: Behind The Scenes

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MAKING TELEVISION HISTORY ON
‘THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS!’:
The RANKIN/BASS ‘ANIMAGIC’ TV CLASSIC
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

by Rick Goldschmidt
(Author of THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS)

We all love A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS and HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, but no one’s nose has shined longer or brighter than that of the RANKIN/BASS “Animagic” classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER.

Premiering on NBC December 6th, 1964, RUDOLPH has become the longest running, highest rated television special in the history of the medium. “At first Johnny Marks (composer of the classic song) didn’t want to do the special,” says Arthur Rankin. “He was very protective of the song. The song provided a very large income to Marks and he was afraid that over exposure of the hit song might interfere with it’s success as a popular song. He was a neighbor of mine at the time and I eventually persuaded him to do the show and he wrote s

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Author: Ken Craig-Saunders

Born in New York, Educated in the Berkshires, Became an adult in CA and found my Soul in Seattle. I'm a bearish middle aged, happy man who lives w my husbear in the OC.