Sunday, December 21, 2008

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Original 1948 Animation

The story of Rudolph was originally written as a promotional device for a department store. In 1948, Max Fleischer directed this animated version for the Montgomery Ward department store. It has the song and everything. It's a totally different experience than the stop-motion version of the mid-1960s and is actually quite good. In fact, most of our modern imagery for Santa Clause and his North Pole operations were created by American department stores as merchandising gimmicks. It's actually one of America's best contributions to the world of holidays.

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