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With: (voices) Burl Ives, Billie Mae Richards, Paul Soles, Larry D. Mann, Stan Francis, Paul Kligman, Janet Orenstein, Alfie Scopp, Carl Banas, Corinne Conley, Peg Dixon
Written by: Robert May, Romeo Muller
Directed by: Kizo Nagashima, Larry Roemer
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 55
Date: 12/06/1964

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Bumbles Bounce

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The all-time greatest stop-motion animated Christmas special, the one to lead them all. It was the first Rankin/Bass Productions holiday TV special, and it led to countless others. In a plot filled with laughs, romance, thrills, and even some tears, Rudolph joins an outcast elf (who wants to be a dentist), and a loudmouth, but kindhearted prospector to save Christmas and rescue the inhabitants of the Island of Misfit Toys. Burl Ives plays the narrating snowman and sings "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Silver and Gold" as well as the title song.

I grew up on this one, and now that it has been released in a 50th anniversary Blu-ray edition, I can only wish others the same delightful fate.

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