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The 1965 broadcast also included a new duet between Rudolph and Hermey called "Fame and Fortune", which replaced a scene in which the same characters sang "We're a Couple of Misfits". Viewers of the 1964 special complained that Santa was not shown fulfilling his promise to the Misfit Toys (to include them in his annual toy delivery).  In reaction, a new scene for subsequent rebroadcasts was produced with Santa making his first stop at the Island to pick up the toys. This is the ending that has been shown on all telecasts and video releases ever since. Until sometime in the 1970s the special aired without additional cuts, but eventually more commercial time was required by the network. In 1978, several sequences were deleted to make room for more advertising: the instrumental bridge from "We Are Santa's Elves" featuring the elf orchestra, additional dialogue by Burl Ives, and the "Peppermint Mine" scene resolving the fate of Yukon Cornelius.  The special's 1993 restoration saw "Misfits" returned to its original film context, and the 2004 DVD release showcases "Fame and Fortune" as a separate musical number.
The success of Rudolph led to numerous other Christmas specials. The first was The Cricket on the Hearth , introduced in a live-action prologue by Danny Thomas , in 1967, followed by a Thanksgiving special, Mouse on the Mayflower told by Tennessee Ernie Ford , in 1968.
The film ends as . Kluger reflects on what Santa's real meaning is all about, even though there are a few misguided people who do not understand what the real meaning is (examples including an Ebenezer Scrooge -like man, a corporate businessman, and a department store worker). Just then, though, . remembers that he still has to deliver the letters to Santa. Then, joined by Topper, Winter, the Kringle Brothers, and a parade of children from the town once known as Sombertown, . begins to sing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town". The film's closing scene has Kris and Jessica in silhouette, as he puts his old hat back on his head. Then, Santa steps out of his Palace, revealing himself in full splendor.
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and Van Beuren cartoons portrayed the opposite of the
happy-go-lucky Disney world view. Produced for the children of the great
depression, these oddball shorts, like Jack Frost (1934), The
Shanty Where Santa Claus Lives (1933) and Christmas Comes but
Once a Year (1936), looked weirdly disturbing in the boom era of
the fifties and early-sixties when they began showing up on local children's
programs. In Fleischer toons, orphans and downtrodden ragamuffins were
always magically and morally superior to everyone else.
"I'd love to see more information on lost Christmas specials from the 1960's and 1970's that the networks don't run anymore. Some of the ones that I ...
Yukon oddly didn't reappear in Rudolph's Shiny New Year or Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July , but he did return for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys .