Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Adapted from CBC News by Nila Gopaul

Paul Soles is an actor.
He is from Toronto, Canada.
He was the voice of the elf
in the TV show Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Fifty-one years later,
Paul Soles still smiles and remembers
the classic show.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
was a show everyone loved.

The show
The show was made in 1964 in the U.S.
The animation was done in Japan.
But to bring the story to life,
the producers moved to Canada.
The best English-speaking radio actors
in the world were in Toronto,
says Paul.
The actors worked for about $1/day.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is about misfits*.
Hermey, the elf, and Rudolph, the reindeer, are finding their way
in the world at Christmastime.
Two of them question life.
They want to find their purpose in life.
“Why don’t we be independent together?”
is Paul’s favourite line in the show.
*misfits – people who are different; people who do not belong 

Paul is 84 years old.
He remembers feeling like the elf and Rudolph.
He grew up in Toronto. His family was Jewish.
He felt different as a child.
“Either you’re too tall, you didn’t make the team,
or you were too short ….”
“If you’re the the wrong religion,
the wrong colour, the wrong nationality,
you’re made to feel that you don’t belong.”

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
teaches everyone to get along,
to work together and get things done.

The show
You can watch the show on CBC
on December 22 and on YTV on December 20.

Song and video (with lyrics)
The song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
was written 75 years ago.
Johnny Marks composed the song.