Behind the Scenes of the Longest Running, Highest Rated Holiday TV Special

We go behind the scenes of the longest running, highest rated holiday special in the history of television – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Answering a retro stop motion question with the official historian of Rankin/Bass Productions, Rick Goldsmidth.

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  1. They’ve done so many that it really is hard to pick a favorite. I like “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” and “Nestor, the long-eared Christmas donkey.”

    Also, they’ve got some great songs in all those specials! A few years ago they came out with a CD with a few songs from Frosty, Rudolph and “Santa Claus is comin’ to town.” It would be neat if they could expand that idea and maybe do a box set of all the songs from the Rankin-Bass specials!

  2. My favorite is Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. I like the way they “explain” how all of the Christmas traditions came about, and I like seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus back before their fat-and-jolly days. 😀 The Burgermeister Meisterburger is one of the greatest villains of all time (with one the greatest voices of all time!) and I always get “Just Put One Foot in Front of the Other” stuck in my head! Ack, just writing about this show makes me want to go watch it!

  3. Great podcast! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again! Santa Clause Is Coming to Town!

    Other than that, I like all of the other Santa Clause cartoons, Rudolf’s Shiney Newyear, (shamefully unfamiliar with the first one), the original Frosty, and (not sure if this is the exact title), The First Christmas. It’s the one about the Sheepherd that looses his sight.
    :)know now of course that it was not the first one made, but it was the first one I ever saw, and so I will always think of it as the first one! The songs are great, and I just love the whole “bad guy turns good” idea in stories!

  4. Everybody has mentioned the great ones, but I was always partial to Nestor The Long-Eared Donkey. Nestor was a cute little character, and I like how he helped Mary and Joseph get to Bethlehem because his ears kept Mary warm. I also loved the fact that Roger Miller narrated and sang the title song.
    Nestor seems to be the forgotten Rankin/Bass special, but it has always had a special place in my heart. Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July is a good one too…Ethel Merman as a Circus owner, classic!

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