Facts about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Selected Characters in the Show:
Rudolph: The only reindeer with a red nose. He tries to hide it, but when the other reindeer find out, none of them will play with him. He runs away with Hermy, and after saving his family and friends from the Abominable Snow Monster, returns home to guide Santa’s sleigh through the stormy night.
Clarice: The only reindeer that doesn’t make fun of Rudolph for his red nose.
When he goes missing, she heads out with Rudolph’s parents to search for him, and gets taken by the Abominable Snow Monster.
The Abominable Snow
Monster: Known as “The Bumble”, the Abominable Snow Monster runs into Rudolph and Hermy because he sees Rudolph’s red nose. He eventually captures Rudolph’s parents and Clarice, but is run off by Hermy, Yukon, and Rudolph.
Hermy: An elf who dreams of being a dentist. The head elf gets frustrated with his lack of effort making toys, so he runs off with Rudolph. He uses his love of dentistry to extract the teeth of the Abominable Snow Monster when Rudolph’s parents are captured.
Fireball: The first reindeer to become friends with Rudolph before anyone knows about his red nose. Once he discovers Rudolph’s secret, he is scared away, and won’t play with Rudolph any more.
Yukon Cornelius: A prospector who is in search of silver and gold. He bumps into Rudolph and Hermy, and decides to adventure with them.
Interesting Facts about the TV Special:
There have been 4 different versions of the special that have aired since Rudolph debuted in 1964. The original special did not include Santa travelling to the Island of Misfit Toys, but instead showed a scene of Yukon Cornelius discovering a peppermint mine near Santa’s workshop. This explains why he can be seen licking the end of his pickaxe throughout the special; he is not searching for gold and silver, but instead is hunting for peppermint. In 1965, the mine scene was replaced by the scene of Santa stopping to pick up the toys from the Island of Misfit Toys because audiences had voiced that Santa never made good on his promise to include the Misfit Toys in his annual delivery. In the same year, Rudolph and Hermy were given a new song to sing: “Fame and Fortune”. This song replaced them singing “We’re a Couple of Misfits”. In 1998, “We’re a Couple of Misfits” was re-inserted into the scene, and “Fame and Fortune” was given its own separate airing outside of the context of the story. Finally, in 2008, some minor cuts were made to allow for additional commercial time for the network.
Although it originally aired on NBC, Rudolph now only airs on CBS, unlike many other holiday favorites which have been spread among many networks. Showing at least once a year since 1964, it is the longest continuously running Christmas TV special in history.
The copyright year was incorrectly marked on the special as 1164, instead of 1964. This means that all images and original characters from the show are part of the public domain. However, since the individual songs and story are copyrighted separately, permission is still needed to broadcast the special.Share: