Wednesday, December 2, 2009

'Psychological' Problems Landed the Doll in 'Rudolph' on Island of Misfit Toys?

I know, I know . . . Thirty-thousand more American troops are being sent to Afghanistan.

The health care reform bill's still being heatedly debated in the U.S. Senate.

No one knows for sure what REALLY happened with Tiger, the golf club, his wife and his car, although for his "transgressions," he's very, very sorry.

But what piece of news really surprised me today?

My local CBS affiliate in Boston, WBZ, reported on its web site, in response to a viewer's question about the rag doll in the 1964 Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer who cries and lives on the Island of Misfit Toys, that the doll:

". . . [B]arely appeared in the original script, so the author did not explain why she was on the island. But over the years, as the special was revised, the doll got more screen time and lines.

One of the producers behind the special, Arthur Rankin, says he believes her problems are 'psychological.'"

Image credit: WBZ.

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