Trivia: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

  • Blooper: Santa's sleigh is supposed to have eight reindeer pulling it (Dasher, Dancer, etc.), which would make 9 total when Rudolph is with them. But when we see the sleigh being pulled at the end, including Rudolph, there are only seven.
    • The producers said they didn't have the budget to make eight reindeer.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: The titular character was voiced by Billie Mae Richards, who was ironically credited as Billy Richards from 1965 onward, as mentioned in obituaries mourning her death in September 2010.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Burl Ives as Sam the Snowman
  • What Could Have Been: Early drafts included a Delivery Stork, but when the idea of a Celebrity Voice Actor (Burl Ives) as the narrator was introduced, the stork was cut for time.
  • Word of God: Many wondered what made the doll a misfit. It was revealed decades later in a talk show when Arthur Rankin, Jr., said her problem was psychological, from feeling unloved.
    • Jules Bass is quoted as saying "I dunno. Maybe she was an alcoholic or something?"
    • It's clearly because she was a ginger.