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Fun with Rudolph!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

It's the Christmas season, and other than the eating that I try to avoid, there are the Christmas specials which I just love. I start watching them in August, and can't get enough of them.

One of my favorite is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a classic, despite the fact that it has more bloopers than any other.

The first happens in the copyright scene where the date is given as MCLXIV=1164. The correct date is MCMLXIV=1964. Didn't know that special was that old, did you, LOL.

There are several others, but I'll go into the major one. One of Rudolph's friends is an elf who wants to be a dentist. But they can't get his name right. Sometimes they call him Herbie, sometimes Hermie.

Sam the Snowman, played by Burl Ives, narrates. At one point, he sings a song called "Silver and Gold. He is given a banjo,

But when he starts strumming it, piano music starts playing.

When Rudolph and co. leave Christmastown, they visit the Island of Misfit Toys, which contain a ton of bloopers.

It is ruled by a winged lion named King Moonracer,

who flies all over the world collecting misfit toys that no child loves. Santa dosn't know of them. So if he does that, why does he need Rudolph and his friends to tell Santa? He could have flown over there and told him himself.

They stay overnight in a doll house, but Rudolph leaves because he doesn't want to give them all away with his glowing nose. But was he raised in a barn?? He leaves the door open so they all freeze to death.

But soon, all is made right, Rudolph is asked to lead the sleigh. But count the reindeer.

Aren't there supposed to be eight? Nine including Rudolph? Where are the other two.

The explanation is shown. Donner, who it is said Santa can't fly without him is down on the ground admiring his son.

And where is Comet?

Probably cleaning the sink.

But the best, or worst blooper is left for last. They pick up all the misfit toys, and the elf drops them all off, giving each an umbrella which acts as a parachute. All except for one:

The bird.

The elf first gives the umbrella, then takes it away, tossing the bird off, waving bye-bye.

But wait a minute! Earlier, the bird explains why he's a misfit toy. He can't FLY! He swims. You know what is going to happen to that bird when he hits the ground.

It's a real WKRP moment, LOL!

Merry Christmas! And I hope you don't mind this tongue in cheek presentation of one of my favorite specials.
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    1899 days ago
    I really enjoyed this especially since yesterday when our church group sang at a nursing home the subject of Rudolph came up. I was born in 1947 and my Dad bought the first recording of the song by Gene Autry (1949). I still have the record.
    1901 days ago
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    1902 days ago
    Now I am going to be depressed about Birdie all day--may as well go scour my sink!
    1902 days ago
    1902 days ago
    Haha! I am obviously not nearly as observant as you. I am now going to watch this movie with my grown daughters and point them all out to them. You'll forgive me if I don't give you credit. LOL!! I want them to think that I am observant too!
    1902 days ago
    Thanks for this cool blast from the past. WKRP was one of my favorites and this was one of my favorite episodes. While I was there I watched the Where Are They Now for WKRP. It said David Cassidy turned down the role of Johnny Fever. I'm glad. Nothing against Cassidy, I just don't think he'd have been as good.
    1902 days ago
    Love this! We were just talking about all the same bloopers in this show the other night when it came on t.v. Don't forget that the doll, who is supposed to be a misfit because she has a frown, smiles the entire time she is singing. Oh, and that Rudolph has been missing for 4 years according to the points on his antlers, but Santa tells him he just missed his parents who finally decided to go look for him. emoticon
    1902 days ago
    That's my favorite too! Cool observations. I love that stuff!
    1903 days ago
    emoticon emoticon You are too much, Dude....and way to much time on your hands... emoticon I too am showing my age, for I never noticed these bloopers and am going to watch this favorite classic again and again.
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    1903 days ago
    I think this is the best I've ever read of yours! Never noticed any of these, and now I can't wait to watch it again. I guess my age is showing: having literally grown up with this, I was once too young to notice. And once I got to be an adult, it was so familiar that things just went past me. Thanks not only for the great blog.

    emoticon also for reminding us always to keep looking at life with a fresh point of view.
    1903 days ago
    Cute! I never noticed those bloopers.
    1903 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1903 days ago
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