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Exploring the Stories behind our favorite tales and character from the beginning.


You know all of the other reindeer, you even know Rudolph, but do you know the stories behind it all?

Behind the Nostalgia explores the stories behind our favorite tales and characters.

The Behind the Nostalgia: Pilot campaign will fund the first episode of a Nostalgia-filled Holiday season. This episode will focus on the most famous reindeer of all. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. There is more to the story than a mineral sniffing prospector, bouncing bumble or even a brave reindeer with a shiny nose.

Enter into the full story of a hurting man, corporate generosity, a record setting song and one of our favorite Holiday specials. Take an in-depth look at the Rankin/Bass special that started their dominant run of holiday specials with Rankin/Bass Historian Rick Goldschmidt. Get more of the heartwarming music, including Burl Ives, Johnny Marks, Gene Autry and Maury Laws.

In times such as these we are all searching for that warmth and comfort nostalgia brings, Behind the Nostalgia gives you just that. 

Share the joy and warmth countless people have experienced for many years from these memorable tales and characters. We believe stories can change the world and these are stories that have warmed hearts and should never be forgotten. Music has the ability to change the world. We want to give the music of these nostalgic stories the focus it deserves. Additionally we aim to digitize and preserve historic materials. We hope your backing of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer pilot episode can lead to a full series with a Holiday-centered first season. The first season would include episodes about;

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Charlie Brown
  • Santa Claus
  • The Grinch
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Little Drummer Boy/Nestor
  • Smokey the Bear/The Mouse on the Mayflower
  • Mr. Magoo/Christmas Carol

And may also include

  • The Nutcracker
  • Jack Frost

  • Robert L May
  • Book
  • Montgomery Ward Department Stores
  • 1949 Cartoon
  • Johnny Marks
  • Reindeer
  • Gene Autry
  • Burl Ives
  • Arthur Rankin, Jr.
  • Jules Bass
  • Maury Laws
  • Romeo Muller
  • Tad Mochinaga
  • Tony Peters
  • Rankin/Bass Special

An initial idea inspired by Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas, Season 2, Episode 11 of Community.