06 December 2012

Christmas Blasts from the Past

Some links in honor of the 48th anniversary of the original broadcast of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Back in 1964, it was shown on a Sunday afternoon, replacing a broadcast of the General Electric panel game College Bowl, hosted by Allen Ludden (originally hosted by Robert Earle), as part of the "GE Fantasy Hour," which also presented other Rankin-Bass [then known as Videocraft] productions like The Ballad of Smokey the Bear.

Original "GE Fantasy Hour" introduction from Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the commercials that were originally aired with the special (in black and white only), using the elves from the special. This includes a Christmas greeting from the cast, a commercial for GE College Bowl, which was pre-empted by the special, and a voiceover from Andy Williams advertising his upcoming show.

And here are the original Rudolph credits, which now only survive in black and white. Notice Billie Richards' (the voice of Rudolph) name is spelled properly on the packages (not toys) that the elf is dropping out of the sleigh.

And this isn't from the far past, but it's Verizon's hilarious take on the Island of Misfits from a few years back, as well as AFLAC's take on the characters.

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