Season’s Greetings: Max Fleischer’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from the Jam Handy Organization

The Jam Handy Organization, based in Detroit, made thousands of educational, training and promotional films, many of them for the domestic automakers, particularly General Motors. They hired the best talent they could, which is how pioneering animator Max Fleischer and his brother Dave came to Detroit during the 1940s. In addition to “commercial” work, the JHO also produced some theatrical releases like this 1948 Fleischer directed cartoon, the very first animated version of Johnny Marks’ song, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It’s not as famous as the later one based on Burl Ives’ hit recording of the same same, but it’s still cute and a great excuse for us here at Cars In Depth to wish our Christian readers and others who celebrate the day to have a spiritually meaningful Christmas, a day of joy with family and friends.

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