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    Screen used "Rudolph" and "Santa" stop motion puppets from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. (Rankin/Bass, 1964) Beautifully crafted by Japanese puppet maker Ichiro Komuro, the puppets are crafted of wood, wire, cloth, leather and yak hair. Santa stands 11 inches tall and Rudolph stands 6 inches. The 1964 television special was filmed in stop-motion "Animagic" at Tadahito Mochinaga's MOM Productions in Tokyo, Japan. Following the production, these puppets were sent from Japan to New York, eventually landing (via NBC studios), to the offices of Rankin/Bass Productions which produced Rudolph. The puppets remained with the production company until the early 1970s when, upon moving their offices, Arthur Rankin, Jr. gifted the puppets to his secretary, Barbara Adams, who, in turn passed them along to her nephew. The puppets remained with the nephew until he sold them to a collector in 2005. In 2006, both puppets underwent light professional restoration. Rudolph's nose bulb and some electrical wiring was replaced, and his fur was cleaned. For Santa, the white fur ball on the end of his hat and the yak hair on one side of his moustache were replaced, and he was cleaned. Exceedingly rare, these primary character puppets are the only examples from this multi-generational holiday classic film we have ever encountered, and they remain as icons in stop-motion animation as well as American pop culture. Their significance cannot be overstated.

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    November, 2020
    13th Friday
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