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Stop-motion or Marionettes?

Are the characters in the film marionettes or stop-motion animation? Phillip (talk) 23:25, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

Stop-motion animation. —Scott (talk) 23:32, 27 November 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, according to all sources, including interviews with Jules Bass and Rick Goldschmidt's books on Rankin/Bass and on Rudolph, no marionettes were ever used at all. It was basic stop-motion animation, already well-established, as executed by Japanese artists (there's a profile of one, Tadahito Mochinaga, here). So none of it is actual live puppetry, anymore than The Nightmare Before Christmas or King Kong is. The same goes for all other Rankin/Bass specials. You may be confusing their technique with Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds and other series, which did use marionettes. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 23:37, 27 November 2007 (UTC)
Here's a picture of Santa I found. He looks like a marionette. http://puppet.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Rudolph_heads.jpg -- user:Muppets101 18:43, November 27, 2007
It's a puppet used for stop-motion animation. —Scott (talk) 23:47, 27 November 2007 (UTC)
I don't see how that proves anything. Stop-motion figures traditionally, with the exception of some clay figures, have replacement heads and other features; that's the whole essence of stop-motion, frame by frame adjustment of limbs and replacement of items like heads or mouths or teeth. That's what those pictures show, two decayed heads and slots for the moustache. The figures may resemble and are often called "puppets" (thus why the Rankin/Bass technique is sometimes called "puppet animation" in contrast to Will inton's "claymation," though the actual photography process is identical), but no strings are involved, so none of it can actually be called puppetry, anymore than it would apply for those films where shapeless balls or household objects move around via stop-motion. -- Andrew Leal (talk)
Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up Phillip (talk) 23:51, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

2010

Walter

See Walter Wiki!Eberhardt 02:45, December 26, 2010 (UTC)

At some point that may have been about these fictional animals but it seems whoever is operating it now is posting topless chicks so I do not recommend anyone click that, NSFW. Ty 00:32, January 3, 2011 (UTC)

Other deer

I remember both Donner and Comet in this show, but I recall Comet mentioning another of the reindeer's sons in Rudolph's class. I think he said "Dasher's boy". I forget if they pointed him out, but would that make Dasher Jr. (much like Rudolph is Donner Jr.) a significant character? Ty 00:33, January 3, 2011 (UTC)

iTunes

Anyone know if there's any chance Rudolph might finally make an appearance on iTunes for sale at long last?  I know Frosty was finally available for sale this year for the first time.  I hope with the acquisition of Classic Media by Dreamworks that they'll start releasing more of these classics for sale.  I'm certainly willing to pay the 10 dollar cost to own this classic special in HD digitally.

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