Now that you’ve survived Thanksgiving dinner, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s time to curl up with the family and enjoy one of television’s all-time favorite holiday traditions: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER.
The 1964 special, which has been a staple of the CBS holiday calendar since 1972, airs Tuesday at 8:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.
Narrated by legendary balladeer Burl Ives (as Sam the Snowman), it tells the story of a misfit reindeer who was picked on because of his bright red glowing nose. When the reindeer searches for acceptance, he finds Santa Claus, and the rest is the well-known story kids of all ages enjoy year after year.
The movie was digitally remastered in 2005, so today’s viewers can get the most of the classic.
Here’s a bit of trivia for those quick-eyed nitpickers: watch for the copyright year at the start of the movie: artists mistakenly omitted one of the Roman numerals, causing it to read MCLXIV, which would translate into the year 1164. It should have read MCMLXIV, for 1964. The film would have been quite a feat for the 12th century, even if the legend of Santa Claus himself goes back beyond that.