“The snowstorm that almost cancelled Christmas”

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Of all the fictional storms in popular media, few are as well-known as the snowstorm “that almost cancelled Christmas”. The opening scenes of the classic 1964 Rankin-Bass television special “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” effectively used stock footage of real snowstorms coupled with headlines from well-known publications to set the mood. The show tells the story of how Rudolph grew-up to lead Santa’s team during a blinding blizzard, and it quickly became one of the most beloved holiday specials of all time.

The majority of the cast was comprised of Canadian actors, and most of the voice work was recorded in Toronto. The lead narrator, “Sam the Snowman”, was voiced by American singer Burl Ives. He sings the famous title song, which was originally written by Johnny Marks in the 1940’s. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” will be shown on WNCT9 on Tuesday, November 29 at 8 PM.

(images courtesy of Rankin-Bass Productions)

 Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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