Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is a popular Christmas song (my second favorite) and special, the latter celebrating 50 years since it’s original NBC airing (later moved to CBS where it recently aired). I always thought the song came first, but both was actually based on a book by Robert May, which began as a giveaway from Montgomery Ward. This came up in Brian Cronin’s latest “TV Legends Revealed” posting, asking if the special would have been different had Rankin/Bass found said book? See, you learned something this Christmas.
Posted by ShadowWing Tronix on December 18, 2014 in Animation Spotlight, Music Spotlight, Television Spotlight and tagged Arthur Rankin, Christmas, Johnny Marks, Jr., Montgomery Ward, Rankin/Bass Productions, Robert L. May, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV special), Television special.