Did you watch “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with your kids on CBS tonight? I remember the first year watching it with my son I was shocked at how well it had aged over the years – still funny and sweet (but not too sweet) despite its rather advanced age. (Let’s just say it would be well into middle age if it was a person).
Here are six things you might not know about “Rudolph:”
1. It is the longest-running special on television at 46 years and counting.
2. It actually draws nearly as many adult viewers as children each year!
3. The Santa puppet used to shoot the film was 8 inches tall, while Rudolph was 4 inches.
4. Ever wondered what the dolly is doing on the island of misfit toys, which is never fully explained in the special? Rankin-Bass, the show’s producers, said years later that she had “psychological problems.” She feels unloved. (Umm, okaaaay.)
5. The original Rudolph was created in 1939 by Montgomery Wards employees.
6. The scene at the end when the misfit toys are picked up by Santa was an add-on. The original did not contain it, but producers received so many letters from kids concerned about the toys that in later airings, Santa visits the Island of Misfit Toys.