Friday, December 12, 2014

Doll-A-Day 318: The Misfit Doll

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  Our doll today is The Misfit Doll.

You might remember her from the TV special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

And there she is, lower right corner.
She was one of the toys on the Island of Misfit Toys. Hey! I just noticed: the Rudolph picture above photo shopped the polka dot elephant out and stuck in Charlie in the Box. I've got nothing against Charlie, but...why?

Personally, I couldn't understand what some of those toys were doing on that island. Like the super cute polka dot elephant.

 What the heck was he doing there?! He was the cutest thing ever! As for the Misfit Doll, I can't understand that either, although Ivy has suggested that what's supposed to be wrong with her is her lack of a nose.
"This doll's got no nose!" "How does she smell?" "Terrible!"

This particular Misfit Doll was made a few years ago by Build-A-Bear. She's about 10" tall, but of course, she can't actually stand up to show you that.

CVS did a pretty nice one too, a few years before that. They did a whole series of the Rudolph toys in various sizes, and a series of Christmas ornaments.We like Rudolph around this house, and I have always had a bit of an obsession with that polka dot elephant, so we were in CVS alot that year.

The Rudolph special was made by Rankin and Bass in 1964. Rankin and Bass specialized in stop motion* animation TV specials. (*Models moved a tiny bit at a time and photographed one frame at a time to simulate motion.) Some of their other classic shows include The Little Drummer Boy,Peter Cottontail,Santa Claus is coming to Town,The Year Without a Santa Claus, and Rudolph's Shiny New Year.Later Rankin and Bass specials used cartoon animation. There's nothing like the warmth and realism of stop motion though. Who doesn't love to see live toys?!
  See you tomorrow for Skipper Saturday.

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