“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Producer Reveals Why Misfit Toy Island Is In Christmas Special

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer Producer Arthur Rankin Jr. opened up on why the writers included Misfit Toy Island in the Christmas special.

Rankin said he wanted the Christmas story to be inclusive, and he explained some of the directions they took with the script.

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” Producer Reveals What Was Wrong with the Doll

Rudolph, Yukon Cornelius, and Hermey meet Misfit Toy Island on their travels, that is, when they encounter a cast of toys that no child wanted. They included a Charlie in the Box, a square wheel train, and a Sue wagon among many others. During an interview in 2010, Rankin explained what was wrong with the doll.

Santa, Sam the Snowman, Yukon Cornelius, Elf (left to right), Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Hermey the Elf | NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images via Getty Images

“I always say, well, she had psychiatric issues,” he told Emmy TV Legends. “She was in the care of an analyst. I do not know [laughs]. “

He then shared what the island represented in terms of history. “Well, first of all, when Santa Claus leaves and takes his grand tour, as you know he stops there and picks up the toys and makes their desire come true,” he said. “And earlier, because Rudolph and Hermey see each other as misfits. Rudolph because his nose lit up. And Hermey because they made fun of him because he wanted to be a dentist, not for not making toys and said his workshop.

Why did Hermey want to be a dentist? “Why?” Rankin asked. “Why not!” He added that the idea was just from the writing.

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” is designed to be inclusive

“And so they try to escape from where they were,” he continued. “And now escaping the Bumble with Cornelius leading them.” They came to this island and they found these characters. There were all misfits. So that’s part of this song. Earlier we were a few misfits and now on Misfit Toys Island.

Rankin said the Misfit Toy Island was a conscious effort to connect with different kids or those who felt they didn’t quite fit in.

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“I think all kids are looking for advice,” he remarked. “I think all kids feel a little inferior because like the man said when he went to send his daughter to a psychiatrist, he said, what’s wrong with her? The psychiatrist says, you mean what’s wrong with you? She is four years old. She is three feet tall and she is broke. He added: “She has problems. Children have problems, whatever they are.

Triumph over adversity is the reason the Christmas special lasted

Rankin said the kids see themselves in the characters, which is why these Christmas specials have been so long lasting. “And to see other characters who also have issues that they can associate with them,” Rankin said. “And when the characters are relieved of their problems by their own actions, like Rudolph came into the lead because he was very needed and he filled a great role.” Hermey became a dentist because he conquered Bumble.

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“And kids love to see someone their size, age or their own inferiority achieve things,” he added. “It makes them feel good. I think that’s probably the reason why these movies last so long. Because in all of our films it happens. The bad guy becomes the good guy. At the end, he is reformed. And the outsider accomplishes his quest.

“So I think that’s why this movie lasted,” he said. “You know, if you judge a creative endeavor, longevity is the reward. I mean, how many painters has there been, how many Van Gogh has been, etc. Longevity is therefore extremely important in any effort.

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