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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1948) HOLIDAY CARTOON

About this film

This 8-minute animated interpretation of the Christmas poem by preceded Gene Autry's 1949 song "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the animated 1964 version. It was based on Robert L. May's 1939 story, rather than the song. The 1964 special more closely resembles the song rather than the original story.

The short was created to advertise Montgomery Ward department stores, publisher of the original story. The original release included a credit for the company, and lacked the famous song, with the opening credits instead playing over an instrumental version of "Silent Night, Holy Night". A 1951 re-release added a choral version of the song to the credits and removed the Montgomery Ward name.

When it was initially released, it showed at the Radio City Music Hall and in hundreds of theatres around the country. The reissue is widely available on public domain videotapes and DVDs, as well as online. The original version is stored at the Library of Congress; there, it was posted online in 2014.

Notice that in this version of the cartoon, the music at the beginning is "Silent Night". The cartoon was released before the "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" song was written.

find out more information at the Library of Congress

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Pages

Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer's Official Website Rudolph's Web Page
Connect to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer's official website.
Rudolph Frequently Asked Questions Rudolph's FAQ Page
Questions asked to Rudolph from children all over the world.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer's Biography Rudolph's Biography
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer's Biography
Rudolph on 45 records RCA Victor Rudolph - RCA / Victor 45
The original narrated version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on 45 records
Original 1948 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cartoon Original 1948 Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Cartoon
The original 8 minute cartoon produced by Montgomery Wards.
Gene Autry, Lyrics, and History of Song Gene Autry Singing, Lyrics, and History
See Gene Autry Singing and find out the history of the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer song.
Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer Full Movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Full Movie (1964)
The full 1964 stop motion film about Rudolph.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1948) HOLIDAY CARTOON


Games

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Online Resources

Sheet Music for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Sheet Music for Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
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Pintables and Handouts

Lyrics to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Lyrics to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Lyrics to the song "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"

Puzzles and Games

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Maze Rudolph Maze
Help Rudolph on his holiday journey
Rudolph's Word Jumble Rudolph Word Jumble
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Rudolph's Word Search Rudolph Word Search
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