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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1944) Theatrical Cartoon Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

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  • Jam Handy Organization
  • Animated Characters: Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Santa Claus.
  • Originally Released in 1944 (Estimate).
  • Running Time: 8:11 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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The first filmed version of this story, pre-dating the famous Rankin-Bass version by over 20 years. The film was based on the original story by Robert L. May, who created Rudolph as an assignment for Montgomery Ward in 1939. The song adaption of the story followed three years later, was sung commercially by crooner Harry Brannon on New York City radio in early November 1949, before Gene Autry's recording hit No. 1 in the U.S. charts the week of Christmas 1949. This film was re-issued with that song in 1949.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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There is much mystery and possible discrepancies about the background of the Max Fleischer cartoon. First, it has a 1944 look to it, but there is no documentation anywhere about that date. The 1948 date seems more likely, as I was able to find an add for...  (read more)

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1944 ???


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The music wasn't written until 1951. More research on release date needed.

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Rudolph by Max Fleischer


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This is a pleseant, but rather pedestrian cartoon.

During the heyday of Fleischer Studios Max was the business-man, while brother Dave was the cartoon director and, apparently, added all the comic flourishes that made all their 1930's...  (read more)

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Faithful


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This cartoon is faithful to the original story. However, there is nothing otherwise noteworthy about. It's just a pedestrian retelling of the story. No real animation magic happening here. No inventive visuals or...  (read more)

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer


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One of the Jam Handy studio's rare theatrical releases, and directed by the great Max Fleischer,
this is a far better telling of the scarlet-snooted mutant caribou than the Rankin-Bass...  (read more)

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