The Story Behind: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The Story Behind: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Every year, I enjoy watching the old favorite Christmas movies from my childhood. One of the best, in my opinion, is the stop motion animation version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” narrated by Burl Ives as Sam the Snowman. This 1964 movie is based on the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” written by Johnny Marks and sung by Gene Autry. He based his song on the short story written by Bob May, which was distributed by Montgomery Ward as a promotional gimmick in 1939. But what was Bob May’s motivation for writing this story? Here is the story behind the story. Continue reading “The Story Behind: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”