Dec. 10 – The FIRST Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Before the stop motion special became a Holiday tradition, Rudolph was brought to theaters by the man who brought Popeye and Betty Boop to life…

The above is a 1947 theatrical short, and it marks Rudolph’s first animated appearance and one of the last cartoons Max Fleischer ever produced. Based off of the book, it was made one year before Johnny Marks had written the famous song (although it was edited in later on.) You can read more about Rudolph’s history in full blown post we did for the 1964 Rankin/Bass classic.

3 thoughts on “Dec. 10 – The FIRST Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

  1. wow what ugly character designs. with limbs that skinny moving around like arms and legs I cant help but think they look like emaciated holocaust victims. .. Just saying

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