“Fun” Facts about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

by David @, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11:21 (136 days ago)

1. While there are many reindeer in the North Pole, there is only 1 red-nosed reindeer, Rudolph.
2. Sam the Snowman’s pocket watch never changes time throughout the show. It always reads 2 o’clock.
3. Yukon Cornelius discovers the peppermint mine on his third prospecting attempt.
4. All of the human characters in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer have 4 fingers. It seems
4 was the magic number.
5. Yukon Cornelius’s sled is pulled by a Poodle, a Cocker Spaniel, a Saint Bernard, a
Dachshund and a Collie.
6. In 2008, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was restored for Blu-ray. Enhancements were
made to both the audio and picture, including the removal of scratches and artifacting.
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer features 7 original songs that were written for the
special.
8. The Santa puppet stood 8 inches tall.
9. Santa’s sleigh is pulled by 7 reindeer at the end of the special. According to the song,
there are usually 9 reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner,
Blitzen, Rudolph.
10. In 2006, the original Rudolph and Santa figures were featured in an episode of Antiques
Roadshow. Pre-renovation, they were valued at $8,000-$10,000.
11. There are 11 voice actors credited for all the voices in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
12. Rudolph’s red nose was originally created using a 12v light bulb painted red.
13. In 1998, a deleted scene was uncovered featuring an instrumental break in “We Are
Santa’s Elves.” It has been included in the special ever since.
14. Though he appears quite large on screen, the Bumble figure stood 14 inches tall.
15. Janis Orenstein was only 15 years old when she recorded the voice of Clarice.
16. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” has been recorded by Bing Crosby, The Jackson 5,
The Wiggles, The California Raisins, Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Simpsons, to
name a few.
17. In the 1965 broadcast, the song “We’re a Couple of Misfits” was replaced with a new
song, “Fame and Fortune.”
18. Production for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer took place in The United States, Canada
and Japan.
19. Rudolph did not revisit The Island of Misfit Toys in the original broadcast. The scene was
added a year later after a letter writing campaign.
20. There are 20 bells that make up Donner’s jingle bells.
21. Hermey is the only elf without pointed ears.
22. 22 sets were built for the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer production.
23. Sam the Snowman was voiced by the legendary Burl Ives. By 1964, Burl had 23 film and
television credits to his name.
24. It takes 24 frames to create one second of filmed animation.
25. All of the characters in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer were built with joints so that
any part of their body could be moved, including their eyes, mouth and ears.
26. The song “Silver and Gold” was originally intended to be sung by Yukon Cornelius (Larry
D. Mann) before Burl Ives was brought on board to play Sam the Snowman.
27. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was recorded in English, Spanish, French, Dutch and
Japanese.
28. The first draft of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer screenplay was finalized on
October 28, 1963.
29. The same actor provided the voices for both Donner and Coach Comet.
30. There are 30 teeth in the Abominable Snow Monster’s mouth.
31. In one of the original drafts of the story, a stork delivered Rudolph to his parents.
32. Screenwriter Romeo Muller also penned scripts for many other Rankin/Bass holiday
classics including: The Little Drummer Boy (1968), Frosty the Snowman (1969) and Santa
Claus is Coming to Town (1970).
33. Rudolph’s signature nose glows in 33 shots in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
34. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was originally shown as a part of the General Electric
Fantasy Hour. At that time, Rudolph characters were also featured in GE commercials.

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