1. Big Cartoon Forum

    You WIll Need To Reset Your Password!!!

    We just moved hosts on this system, and this has caused a few updates. One is the way we encode and store the encoded passwords.

    Your old passwords will NOT work. You will need to reset your password. This is normal. Just click on reset password from the log in screen. Should be smooth as silk to do...

    Sorry for the hassle.

    Dave Koch
  2. Big Cartoon Forum

    Are You Just Hanging Out?

    Just lurking? Join the club, we'd love to have you in the Big Cartoon Forum! Sign up is easy- just enter your name and password.... or join using your Facebook account!

    Membership has it's privileges... you can post and get your questions answered directly. But you can also join our community, and help other people with their questions, You can add to the discussion. And it's free! So join today!

    Dave Koch
  3. Big Cartoon Forum

    Other Side Of Maleficent

    I have been looking forward to Maleficent with equal amounts of anticipation and dread. On one hand, she is easily my favorite Disney villain, so cold and so pure, and I want desperately to see more of her and her back-story. On the other hand, she is easily my favorite Disney villain, and I would hate to see her parodied, taken lightly or ultimately destroyed in a film that does not understand this great character. The good news is that this film almost gets it right; but that is also the bad news.

  4. Big Cartoon Forum

    BCDB Hits 150K Entries

    It took a while, but we are finally here! The Big Cartoon DataBase hit the milestone of 150,000 entries earlier today with the addition of the cartoon The Polish Language. This film was added to BCDB on May 9th, 2014 at 4:23 PM.

  5. Big Cartoon Forum

    Warner Brings Back Animated Stone-Age Family

    Funnyman Will Ferrell and partner Adam McKay are working on bringing back everyone’s favorite stone-age family. The duo’s production company Gary Sanchez Productions is in development on a new Flintstones animated feature.

  6. Big Cartoon Forum

    Disney To Feast In France

    The follow up to Disney’s 2013 Academy Award Winning short Paperman has been announced, and it will premiere at France’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Titled The Feast, the short looks to be based on the same stylized CG techniques used on last years Paperman, a more natural and hand-drawn look to computer animation.

  7. Big Cartoon Forum

    Renegades of Animation: Pat Sullivan

    Pat Sullivan became famous worldwide for his creation of Felix the Cat. What most animation histories gloss over is Sullivan’s checkered past and longtime standing as a wildcat renegade. He didn’t follow the rules. And he made damn sure to fully protect his intellectual properties.

Christmas with Jam Handy, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1944)

Discussion in 'Fleischer / Famous Studios' started by sidestreetsam, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. sidestreetsam

    sidestreetsam Moderator Staff Member Forum Member New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2013
    Messages:
    229
    Likes Received:
    56
    Trophy Points:
    135
    ~ Howdy, Folks!

    A perennial Christmas favorite is "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". First animated in 1944 by the Jam Handy Corporation, a Chicago based advertising firm. Max Fliescher directed this short with animation help from William Sturm, who worked on hundreds of Fliescher cartoons. Enjoy!

  2. peterhale

    peterhale Moderator Staff Member I SUPPORT BCDB!

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2013
    Messages:
    548
    Likes Received:
    38
    Trophy Points:
    135
    Based on the Montgomery Ward Christmas promotional give-away book written by Robert L. May in 1939. The animation is indeed from 1944, but the addition of the song (and song credits) to the title sequence shows that this is the 1948 re-issue, as the song wasn't written until 1947. Unable to interest any music publishers, composer Johnny Marks (May's brother-in-law) set up his own company (St Nicholas Music inc) to publish the sheet music himself. It would appear that the addition of the song to the title sequence and subsequent re-issue was done at Mark's and May's request, to publicize the song. It seems to have worked, as Gene Autry was persuaded to record it the following year.

    Rudolph song credis 1948.JPG
    • Informative Informative x 2
  3. sidestreetsam

    sidestreetsam Moderator Staff Member Forum Member New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2013
    Messages:
    229
    Likes Received:
    56
    Trophy Points:
    135
    ~ Hey, Peter!

    Thanks for the back-story about Rudolph. Interesting that the story was originally an in-store book promotion for Montgomery Wards. I've always wondered that if the film was animated by Jam Handy in 1944, which seems right as Max Fleischer had recently left his studio and was available, and then the song was inserted into the cartoon later in 1948, was the cartoon ever distributed by Handy between 1944-1948? Just wondering when the legend of Rudolph started to buzz?

Share This Page