Which Holiday TV Movie Is Older: ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ or ‘Frosty the Snowman’?

by Jeremy Spirogis
(L) Still image from the animated TV special

It’s that point of yr once more by which households stick with it the custom of watching and streaming some beloved Christmas classics.

The variety of vacation motion pictures to select from appears limitless however there are two that proceed to make watchlists yr after yr and that’s Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

(L) Still image from the animated TV special 'Frosty The Snowman,' (R) Still image from 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' movie
(L): Still from the animated TV particular ‘Frosty the Snowman’ | CBS/Courtesy of Getty Images, (R): Still from ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ film | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images through Getty Images

‘Frosty the Snowman’ plot

The animated TV particular Frosty the Snowman is a can’t miss throughout the holidays in lots of households.

The story relies on the 1950 Walter E. Rollins and Steve Nelson music of the identical title. Comedian Jimmy Durante narrates the movie. Billy De Wolfe and Jackie Vernon additionally lent their voices to the film as Professor Hinkle and Frosty respectively.  

As IMDb famous, the particular is in regards to the magician Hinkle who tosses away his silk hat which schoolchildren later discover brings Frosty to life. Believing that his previous hat now has magic, Hinkle calls for it again. Not solely is he a risk to Frosty however so is the altering climate. The snowman is at risk of melting until he makes the journey to the North Pole; one thing he should do with Hinkle on his path.

The 25-minute program was such successful that it spawned a number of spinoffs and sequels together with Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July, and The Legend of Frosty the Snowman.

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‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ plot

The cease movement animated TV film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is one other can’t miss program that many youngsters (and their mother and father) watch yearly.

Like Frosty the Snowman, the particular was primarily based on a music of the identical title. The tune “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” sung by Gene Autry in 1949 was additionally primarily based on earlier work. It got here from a poem of the identical title written in 1939.

As IMDb famous, Burl Ives voices Sam the Snowman who narrates the story a couple of younger Rudolph who’s teased over his shiny crimson nostril. He runs away from dwelling and meets one other “outcast” named Hermey, a working elf who’d relatively be a dentist. Together they journey to the Island of Misfit Toys. When a snowstorm threatens to cancel Christmas, Santa realizes that Rudolph’s shiny nostril is his solely hope to get presents to each lady and boy who’ve been good the previous yr.

Unlike another vacation movies, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is broadcast on tv extra than simply as soon as throughout the season.

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Which Christmas traditional got here out first and which one is extra well-liked?

As for which youngsters’s traditional got here out first that will be Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It aired on TV on Dec. 6, 1964. Frosty the Snowman didn’t air till Dec. 7, 1969.

Rudolph additionally beats out Frosty when it comes to reputation too. Despite some critics calling Rudolph “problematic” due to the verbal abuse and bullying of its predominant characters, the movie was voted the greatest Christmas film of all time. 

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