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Ink to Film

Dec 24, 2020

Everyone’s favorite beleaguered reindeer takes center-stage for this holiday special, spanning from the original story to the stop-motion animated classic. In episode 165, Luke & James learn all about the tragic story of Robert L. May--the inventor of a Christmas sensation that would go on to inspire chart-topping singles and a Rankin/Bass animated film still running to this day.

Topics: Difficult to please bosses at Montgomery Ward, a songwriting brother-in-law, the reason for the melancholy, the themes present in all versions, an 8-minute short that’s more faithful to the source, a biopic in the making, how Gene Autry came to record his iconic song, the fantasy world in the Rankin/Bass production, a winged Aslan, Yukon Cornelius's mystery gun, some real dastardly characters in unexpected places, a change involving the Island of Misfit Toys, and a final vote on which version of Rudolph works best!


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