Robert L May was a bit of an outcast as a child. He skipped a few grades and was younger
and smaller than his classmates.
Robert L May dreamed of writing the great American novel, but instead, became a catalog writer at Montgomery Ward in Chicago. It was here in 1939 that he wrote Rudolph and 2 million copies were made and distributed to children.
The company later gave Robert L May the rights to the story.[NPR audio story
See and hear the original sketches and story read by his daughter. [more inside]
wrote some of the most popular holiday (mostly Christmas) specials of all time for Rankin/Bass
, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
, The Little Drummer Boy
, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
(bonus Justin Bieber version
with Animagic!), Jack Frost
, and Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey.
The very last special he wrote was Noel
, based on a story he told on the radio every year at Christmas. It aired just days before his death on December 30th, 1992. Another special, called The Twelve Days of Christmas
, aired in 1993, and was based on a story by him, but was written by someone else. [more inside]
Park your carcass in front of the TV for the next six weeks. Here
is the upcoming broadcast schedule for every show that has even the tiniest connection to The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
a Martin Scorsese, Bankin/Rass Production.
Does my nose amuse you, is it funny like a clown, does it make you laugh?
No, no, no, great nose.
OK, I'm the Capo now.
If you've grown up in the states, odds are you've seen/watched the highly rated
Christmas special, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
When the production was over, the animation company put the puppets in a closet.
When they were due to be thrown away, a secretary got permission and took them home. Her children played with the puppets for years...nobody thought they'd be of value. Some of them broke, and last year they were found.
(not all were intact.)
Photos of the Restoration
. Close up of the restored Rudolph
. There were a number
of films after (over 10+ years after the first,) Rudolph's Shiny New Year
, Frosty Christmas in July
and Island of Misfit Toys
. These (and many other films) are Rankin/Bass
productions. Some people also know Rankin Bass for their animated version of the Hobbit
and the Last Unicorn
. Rankin/Bass previously mentioned on Mefi