Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a fictional reindeer created by Robert L. May. Usually the ninth and youngest reindeer, Rudolph is responsible for leading his team and guiding Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. This jolly tale has become one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time, and is a holiday classic that’s sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.
The story of Rudolph began in 1939 when a Chicago-based retail giant called Montgomery Ward, a department store, wanted a cheaper holiday giveaway. The marketing department turned to May, a mother of a four-year-old girl, for an idea. May’s story was so popular that he wrote a song adaptation of it, which Montgomery Ward distributed to over 2 million customers. It’s a touching story about the importance of giving and receiving, and the story has become a timeless Christmas classic.
The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has become a cherished holiday television special for generations. Released in 1939, the book was a big hit. Montgomery Ward gave out 2.4 million copies. The story was so popular that it was cut from the film during WWII, but it was revived and aired again in 1946. It’s still a top-rated holiday TV special, and it predates both “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
In the film, Rudolph begins life as a tiny fawn, taking his first steps. His parents, Clarice, and Donner, are not home. They’ve been away from their child, and Clarice, his mother, felt guilty about leaving her. When they return home, Rudolph finds that Donner has been kidnapped by the evil Abominable Snowmonster. He then sets out to rescue Donner.