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Why was Rudolph the reindeer’s nose red ?

Rudolph’s red nose is a popular topic for songs at Christmas time, but what’s the real story behind it ? According to the song, Rudolph’s red nose was…

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Tauntaun

This is what the Empire Strikes Back would have looked like if it was released by stop motion animation pioneers Rankin Bass. The only thing I don’t like about this illustration is the thought of Rudolph the Tauntaun getting gutted by Hermey/Luke Skywalker and used as a meat sleeping bag, but at least he comes [...]

Celebrating Christmas with The Beatles

Paul: “I just wanted to thank you fans. Don’t know where we’d be without you.” John: “The army, probably.” George, speaking about their upcoming film: “This one will be in color.” John: “Green.” –1964 Beatles Christmas Record So much of the career and lives of The Beatles has been documented in books, TV specials, movies, videos, magazine articles, and more. [...]

Scientists Find Blood Vessel That Looks Like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

While studying a human brain, researchers at Newcastle University (UK) found a blood vessel that looks like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Claudia Racca, of the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University, who performed the experiment with colleague David Cox, said: “Biology can throw up things like this, but it was a nice surprise to find this [...]

The Origin of Rudolph

Most folks know Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer from the 1964 Rankin-Bass TV special, or from the 1949 version of the song sung by Gene Autry. But Rudolph was born as a coloring book. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared in 1939 when Montgomery Ward department store asked one of its copywriters, 34-year-old Robert L. May, to [...]

18 Quick Facts About Your Favorite Christmas TV Specials

Inspired by Stacy’s Christmas movie post, here are some behind-the-scenes tidbits about a handful of holiday small-screen favorites. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1. Which came first, the TV special or the song? Johnny Marks wrote the song in 1949. He was the brother-in-law of Robert L. May, the Montgomery Ward copywriter who’d created the story of the [...]

The Late Movies: Vintage Christmas ‘Toons

Take some time on this last weekend before Christmas to enjoy some holiday cartoons you might remember from your childhood. Or more likely, from your parents’ or grandparents’ childhoods! Mickey’s Orphans Mickey Mouse throws a Christmas party for orphaned kittens left on his doorstep. From 1931. * The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives A 1933 Merrie Melodies cartoon produced by [...]

Rudolph, the Regular Reindeer

(College Humor link) How different the classic Christmas tale of Rudolph would be if modern cosmetic surgery had been available to the reindeer of the North Pole! -via Gorilla Mask

Rudolph Hits a Snag

(YouTube link) Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer got into a bit of trouble Saturday when he was impaled on a traffic light pole during the 2010 Dominion Christmas Parade in Richmond, Virginia. Link -Thanks, Comedy Wizard!

The Arctic Circle

(Video Link) The Arctic Circle is a short animated film by Kevin Parry. It tells the tale of a solitary man who encounters a mysterious box — one that seems to offer him great wealth. Filmmaker Tim Burton described to it as “a cross between 2001 and Rudolph: The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” via CrunchGear