This year marks 50 years since Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer made his glowing debut on television. I know right? I thought it was way more than 50 years, anywho…
The stop-motion animated musical debuted December 6th, 1964 on CBS and has since become the longest running TV Special in history (Christmas or otherwise). Rudolph’s success would bring about more Christmas specials in following years such as The Little Drummer Boy (1968), Frosty the Snowman (1969) , Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970) and The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974).
Truth be told, I’ve only watched this movie in it’s entirety maybe twice. I found it a little long as a kid and now I only periodically check in on it when it’s on TV.
My fondest Rudolph memories will always be the MADtv parody (Godfather style) and the California Raisins’ amazing rendition of the song.
California Raisins: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Congrats Rudolph on 50 years and here’s to another…I dunno…100 years?….