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‘Murder’ Scene from ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ After Recent Airing Brings Hilarious Reactions

by Suzanne Halliburton
A Merry Christmas' vintage illustration of Santa Claus flying his sleigh over of a small town, chromolithograph, 1906. (Illustration by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)

Kids of all ages watch the holiday classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” But did you know Santa, Rudolph and the gang might’ve been involved with a toy murder?


Tis the Christmas special season. Rudolph came on Tuesday night. It’s an old show. The tradition started in 1964. There is beauty in the nostalgia. Somehow, you still can rewatch the show, with its “stop-motion “Animagic,” and be a kid again, no matter how old you are.

Twitter Spots the Rudolph Murder Scene

But Twitter users Tuesday obsessed over the heart-warming scene near the end. That’s when Rudolph’s nose burns bright and Santa delivers all the toys tonight. Now, wipe away that tear. We know Santa finds homes for all the “Misfit Toys.” If you somehow missed the show, Rudolph discovered the toys living alone on an island because no one wanted them.

Could it be that Santa and his elves accidentally murdered one of the toys? Twitter sleuths think so.

Recall that one of the elves dumped a toy bird out of the sleigh. The bird can’t fly. That’s why he was stuck on the misfit island. The elf didn’t give the bird an umbrella to soften its fall. Presumably, the bird died. We all saw it.

In fact, we’d been warned. Did you see this Tweet three years ago?

“At therapist’s … ME: [Takes deep breath] My disillusionment with the holidays all started with that one scene in Rudolph. … Where Santa’s elf tosses a bird who can’t fly out of his sleigh without an umbrella. The movie literally ends with a misfit toy murder.”

There were claims of other attempted murder scenes, pre-show. Remember what Bumble, the Abominable Snow Monster, did to Rudolph?

And of course, there was blowback. Cancel culture, y’all.

It seems that the murder scene in question was added after the fact.

In the original script, Santa never delivered the misfit toys. The story “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” provided that detail.

After the show aired in 1964, Rankin-Bass, the producers of the show, started receiving angry letters. Kids wanted a happy ending for the toys. So the scene was added in 1965. It just took social media before anyone connected it to a toy murder.

Rudolph is aging well. More than 5.6 million viewers tuned in Tuesday. The show was more popular than “The Bachelorette,” but couldn’t beat “The Voice.”