When is Rudolph on TV 2013?

When is Rudolph on TV 2013?

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.

UPDATE 12/10/13: CBS has announced that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will also air Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8pm ET/PT, followed by Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns.

The classic 1964 Rankin-Bass stop-motion animation special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer gets an early airing this year — pre-Thanksgiving — on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.

The special will also air Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.

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(Description below from CBS)

The special, narrated by Burl Ives, who is also heard as the voice of Sam the Snowman, is a musical story based on the popular song of the same title by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has made him the laughing stock of all Christmasville.

Pursued by an Abominable Snow Monster, inhabitants of Christmasville flee to the island of Misfit Toys in the Arctic wilderness where Yukon Cornelius, a prospector they meet along the way, comes to their rescue. Returning to Christmasville, they learn that bad weather may cause Christmas to be canceled. But Rudolph’s headlight — his illuminated nose — saves the “foggy Christmas Eve” by serving as a beacon to guide Santa’s sleigh.

Marks composed seven additional songs for the special: “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Silver and Gold,” “We Are Santa’s Elves,” “We’re a Couple of Misfits,” “Jingle Jingle Jingle,” “There’s Always Tomorrow” and “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year.” Two musical numbers in the beloved classic were restored to their original form in the remastered version. Now included is the full-length rendition of the song “We Are Santa’s Elves.” The second enhanced number is “We’re a Couple of Misfits,” a duet between Rudolph and his newfound friend, Hermey the Elf.

Over the years, fading and degeneration of the print had caused it to take on a reddish hue that differs significantly from the bluer tones and starker contrasts of the original. This color-corrected version from 1998 allows a new generation of television viewers to appreciate the special’s original visual texture and rich palette of colors. Santa’s elves have their blue suits back after years of wearing faded green.

The scene restorations and color correction process for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer were completed by Golden Books. The special was produced by “Animagic” pioneers Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass and directed by Larry Roemer. Romeo Muller wrote the television adaptation from a story by Robert L. May.





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  1. Hi, all. CBS just announced that Rudolph will be shown again Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8pm ET/PT. Post has been updated.

  2. I’ve been looking for it to come on for my nieces and didn’t realize it came on so early?! When is it being replayed in December?

  3. Some of us get into the holiday spirit from the beginning of November, I being one of those people myself. I wait all year long to enjoy this season, it saddens me to hear people complain about something that is so simple and joyful. Just so you know, Charlie Browns Thanksgiving will be on Thursday evening, hope everyone enjoys their holiday.

  4. Absolutely despicable to show Rudolph in November!
    Let alone BEFORE Thanksgiving. Can they just let a
    holiday be a holiday without ruining the special atmosphere
    that each holds? Hey how ’bout we show the Peanuts
    Christmas Special on Labor Day. Gotta avoid the rush!

    • You are absolutely right!!! I couldn’t believe they were airing it BEFORE THANKSGIVING. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!

    • I absolutely agree! What about the Thanksgiving specials? Show those on the the Fourth!?!? Just absurd.

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