AS CHRISTMAS approaches, beloved holiday classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer begin to flood TV screens in celebration of the upcoming day.

The film tells the story of Rudolph, a young reindeer with a glowing red nose who guides Santa's sleigh.

Santa talking to Rudolph in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer premiered on December 6, 1964 in primetime on NBC.

It is a musical story based on the song ...Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,... by Johnny Marks.

It illustrates the tale of a timid reindeer whose Christmas spirit is diminished because others in Christmasville have made fun of his shiny nose.

Who are the movie characters in the film?

In the movies, multiple classic characters are seen including Santa, Rudolph and Sam the Snowman.

Other characters included: Coach Comet, Head Elf, Spotted Elephant, King Moonracer, Yukon Cornelius, Hermey the Misfit Elf, Charlie in the Box, and Mrs. Donner.

Majority of the cast in the film were Canadian.

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How long did it take to film Rudolph?

The animation of the film was produced in Japan. It took a total of 18 months before the film was complete.

It was produced by Arthur Rankin, Jr. through Videocraft International production company.

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