6 Things You Didn’t Know About Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
There must be no child who has not seen the popular ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’. It has been one of the most loved motion pictures in the history of Television. Indeed a great deal of work went into its making. It was specially meant to be watched during the Christmas of 1964 when it was actually shown. There are interesting things about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer that you would like to know, especially when Christmas is nearing and Rudolph happens to be the ninth reindeer of Santa’s sleigh!
1. The first appearance
1964 isn’t the first time that Rudolph was shown to the masses. It was in 1944 that it was shown as a short cartoon by Max Fleischer for the Jam Handy Corporation. It was very close to the original story.
2. It was also a popular song
The popularity it gained in 1944 inspired Johnny Marks to get it recorded in the form of a song. Gene Autry recorded this story as a song and though it was not very close to the original story form, it gained even more popularity than the cartoon form. About 2.5 million copies were sold in the first year itself and it reached 25 million in the coming years. This song was also added to the cartoon in 1949.
3. The names of the characters are from real life
The story of Rudolf has two characters, the elf called Hermey and Rudolph’s girlfriend called Clarice. The names were inspired by the author’s childhood friend Herbie and the bride of another close friend of his.