The song from the 1964 animated Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer tells us about the eight reindeer that pull Santa's sleigh. There's Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. The song also introduces us to Rudolph, the most famous Reindeer of all. What the song doesn't explain is why there are only seven reindeer hitched to Santa's sleigh when Rudolph saves Christmas. According to IMDB, there was a subplot about the missing reindeer that was dropped from the film. Which pair of reindeer did Rudolph replace when he saved Christmas in the 1964 animated classic? Rudolph

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    WTF, Santa's not Sci-fi or Fantasy! – user1027 Dec 25 '13 at 2:43
  • Was someone playing too much Gem Miner 2 on their cell phone? (there's a side quest to find the missing Reindeer... in the mine of all places) – user17807 Dec 25 '13 at 3:27
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    Rudolph is the ninth reindeer. Because of the available tv screen size in 1964, two reindeer were removed through the magic of editing. Eight are required to pull the sleigh, anytime you see less than 8, you can assume you are watching altered footage. – James Jenkins Dec 25 '13 at 14:02
  • What about the ninth and tenth reindeers, Olive and Andy? – Valorum Dec 14 '15 at 23:13
  • Seems like a similar question to "why to cartoon characters only have three fingers?" with the answer being along similar lines. – Anthony X Apr 3 '16 at 23:02

According to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's sequel, Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, Rudolph replaced a Reindeer named Scratcher.

Scratcher: Rudolph!

Scratcher: Don't mention that name.

Scratcher: I was all set to be one of santa's reindeer when he came along.

Winterbolt: Indeed?

Winterbolt: Santa fired you to make room for Rudolph?


As for the other reindeer, as explained in the other answer, he never existed.


Well I can't say I have confirmed this, but this Wikia on Christmas specials claims to have:

There are only six reindeer in addition to Rudolph, instead of the usual eight. It has been confirmed that there are only six reindeer because of the time that the creators had to make them, and because they were rather expensive to build.

link to the Christmas-specials wiki here

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