Question: I hope you can help me. I have had this question for many years. In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, why was the girl doll on Misfit Island? My husband says because she can't cry, but in one scene she does. What is wrong with her? She looks like a normal doll to me. Joanne, Norcross, Ga.
Televisionary: You're not alone in having wondered about this for many years, according to Rick Goldschmidt's stellar book The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass, Joanne. But he cites a 1994 GQ article in which Arthur Rankin Jr. answers it... sort of.
"She was cast off by her owner," Rankin Jr. said. But he didn't offer much more than that when questioned further. "C'mon! It's a movie! She was cast off. She lost her mistress. The family moved from Des Moines to Detroit, and they forgot her. She's clinically depressed and Prozac wasn't invented 30 years ago. Maybe there could be a sequel...."
And for those of you wondering why it sounds like Hermey the elf's cranky boss calls him "Herbie" in one scene, he just might have. Goldschmidt says it's "quite possible that the name changed midway through production or the voice actor mispronounced the character's name."