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Spotted Elephant

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Performer: Carl Banas
Appears in: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
"'Tis the Fifteenth Season" (cameo)

The Spotted Elephant is a lovable toy pachyderm who originated as a character in the 1964 Rankin/Bass television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Appearances in Christmas specials

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The Spotted Elephant is introduced as a resident of the Island of Misfit Toys, a place where all of the unwanted toys go. After Rudolph, Hermey, and Yukon Cornelius arrive there, the Spotted Elephant is later seen as the toy footman who brings them to their cabin after their meeting with King Moonracer at his castle. In the special's extended ending, after Santa Claus shows up and picks up the Misfit Toys, the Spotted Elephant is the second toy that he drops from his sleigh as a gift to children on Christmas Eve.

Other Christmas productions

The Spotted Elephant makes a brief cameo in The Simpsons episode "'Tis the Fifteenth Season". In one scene, Homer sees a fictional stop-motion television special titled The Year Santa Got Lost, in which the Spotted Elephant and a few other Misfit Toys are shown listening to a story told by a mailman voiced by Jimmy Stewart.


In 1998, CVS Pharmacy introduced the popular Beanie stuffed Toys created by Stuffins selling for $5.99. Today, the 6" Spotted Elephant sells for an average of $50 on eBay, while the 12" version sells for as much as $170.

There are many theories as to why the Spotted Elephant is the most popular of all the Misfit Toys, and why it is so highly sought after by collectors. Some say that the Spotted Elephant is the most easily recognizable by small children who watch the special for the very first time, and end up asking for the "white elephant with polka dots" for their second or third Christmas. Whatever the reason may be, its value continues to increase over time.

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