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What's Wrong With the Doll on Rudolph's Island of Misfit Toys?

For years I've wondered.

What's wrong with the doll?

Growing up as a kid in the 70s, we ate Rankin & Bass TV Christmas specials like candy. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is probably the most popular (though I have to admit Year Without a Santa Claus was my personal fave due to the Miser brothers).

In Rudolph, when the red-nosed reindeer travels with Hermey the excommunicated dentist elf via iceberg and accompanied by none other than Yukon Cornelius to the Island of Misfit Toys, the 'challenges' of the playthings are all obvious.

The train has square wheels. The cowboy rides an ostrich. The toy gun shoots jelly (though doesn't seem like a problem at all to me). The Charlie-in-the-Box isn't named Jack.

But the doll? I never could tell what was wrong with her. Thank God for the internet, am I right?

Wikipedia offers an answer to the age-old television mystery:

"A Dolly for Sue (as she calls herself) is a seemingly normal girl rag doll with red hair and a red gingham (checkered) dress. Her misfit problem is never explained on the special, but was revealed on NPR's Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! news quiz show (broadcast December 8, 2007). The show revealed that Rudolph's producer, Arthur Rankin Jr., says Dolly's problem was psychological, caused from being abandoned by her mistress and suffering depression from feeling unloved."

How SAD is that?!

I think Sue would have been happy to have the poor thing.

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  • jayson 2014/05/03 23:20:14
    jayson
    +2
    that is sad
  • jayson 2014/05/03 23:13:11
    jayson
    +3
    the dolls arms are not sewn correctly,one arm is higher than the other
  • Donna 2012/12/03 23:58:28
    Donna
    +6
    She doesn't have a nose!
  • Jackie Blue 2011/12/10 05:48:03
    Jackie Blue
    +2
    That is the weirdest things I've read on the Web in 10 years! Is that true? I love Rudolph SO much, and for 2 years I've wondered and finally looked it up! Surprise, surprise!
  • solomon azar 2010/10/24 04:10:51
    solomon azar
    ALL RETARDS ON EARTH HAVE NOW WITNESSED GREATEST STORY EVERY TOLD WITHIN AMERICA, LAND OF ALL NATIONS RETARDS. THE CHRISTMAS STORY OF GOD COMMANDS MANKIND TO REPENT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR GLOBAL UNITY. CAN A RETARD REPENTThe Island of Misfit Toys

    The "Island of Misfit Toys", another canonical addition to the original story, is an island sanctuary where defective and unwanted toys are sent. Among its inhabitants: * King Moonracer - a winged lion who acts as the island's ruler, voiced by Stan Francis. King Moonracer is responsible for flying around the world each night in search of unwanted toys. He lives in a large castle atop a hill on The Island of Misfit Toys, and acts as a 'governor' to the island, deciding who can or cannot stay on the Island, such as Rudolph, Hermey, and Yukon Cornelius. * Charlie-In-The-Box is a misnamed, but otherwise seemingly normal jack-in-the-box who acts as the island's sentry. Charlie is voiced by Carl Banas, who also voices several other toys in this scene. * Spotted Elephant is a polka dotted elephant and also is the island's footman. * "A Dolly for Sue (as she calls herself)" is a seemingly normal girl rag doll with red hair and a red gingham (checkered) dress. Her misfit problem is never explained on the special, but was possibly revealed on NP...
    ALL RETARDS ON EARTH HAVE NOW WITNESSED GREATEST STORY EVERY TOLD WITHIN AMERICA, LAND OF ALL NATIONS RETARDS. THE CHRISTMAS STORY OF GOD COMMANDS MANKIND TO REPENT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR GLOBAL UNITY. CAN A RETARD REPENTThe Island of Misfit Toys

    The "Island of Misfit Toys", another canonical addition to the original story, is an island sanctuary where defective and unwanted toys are sent. Among its inhabitants: * King Moonracer - a winged lion who acts as the island's ruler, voiced by Stan Francis. King Moonracer is responsible for flying around the world each night in search of unwanted toys. He lives in a large castle atop a hill on The Island of Misfit Toys, and acts as a 'governor' to the island, deciding who can or cannot stay on the Island, such as Rudolph, Hermey, and Yukon Cornelius. * Charlie-In-The-Box is a misnamed, but otherwise seemingly normal jack-in-the-box who acts as the island's sentry. Charlie is voiced by Carl Banas, who also voices several other toys in this scene. * Spotted Elephant is a polka dotted elephant and also is the island's footman. * "A Dolly for Sue (as she calls herself)" is a seemingly normal girl rag doll with red hair and a red gingham (checkered) dress. Her misfit problem is never explained on the special, but was possibly revealed on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! news quiz show (broadcast December 8, 2007). The show revealed that Rudolph's producer, Arthur Rankin Jr., says Dolly's problem was psychological, caused from being abandoned by her mistress and suffering depression from feeling unloved.[1] * Bird Fish is a toy bird who swims instead of flies. This leads to a plot hole in the final credit sequence, when he is tossed out of Santa's sleigh at altitude, without benefit of the parachutes/umbrellas being handed to the other toys. * A misfit cowboy who rides an ostrich. * Trainer, a train with square wheels on its caboose. * A toy boat that sinks rather than floats; a squirt gun that shoots grape jelly; an airplane that cannot fly, a bear that rides a bike, and "a scooter for Jimmy".
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  • solomon... solomon... 2010/10/24 04:12:19
    solomon azar
    33 years till truth unveiled for suesee
  • pies_Guy 2009/12/16 23:19:26
    pies_Guy
    word around the north pole is that she's a lesbo
  • G123456 2009/12/16 21:22:49
    G123456
    i love that movie ima go see it now =D
  • love-Star2010 2009/12/16 20:48:55
    love-Star2010
    +1
    i know right shes soo cute
  • 1606029 2009/12/16 20:47:25 (edited)
  • White Raven 2009/12/16 19:00:38
    White Raven
    +1
    oh so that's what it was.

    For some reason i thought she was a court doll used by children to show where the bad man touched them....

    glad to know that wasn't the case
  • Mindlesspartyhack 2009/12/16 17:53:48
    Mindlesspartyhack
    +1
    She's a Redhead.
    You know a psycho-bitch.
  • jerrbear 2009/12/16 05:28:56
    jerrbear
    She had no one to love.
  • duke nukem 2009/12/16 02:30:05
    duke nukem
    +1
    all you have to do is look at the thing to see its disturbed... disturbed
  • The Ruby duke nukem 2009/12/16 03:49:47
    The Ruby
    I LOVE that band!!!!!!!
    BELIEVE***
  • 1606029 2009/12/16 01:54:37
  • dancevolleyballdisneyfreak 2009/12/15 23:45:46
    dancevolleyballdisneyfreak
    +1
    i always wondered that too, i just watched it recently and i was thinking, "What's wrong with the doll??"
  • ♥Lizzy♥ 2009/12/15 23:39:57
    ♥Lizzy♥
    +1
    Yeah aww Thanks for telling us what happand.
  • TOMSGIRL 2009/12/15 21:15:48
    TOMSGIRL
    +1
    I never even thought she was a misfit in the first place! But my question is how does a doll have deperssion? Is it even alive?
  • animelover TOMSGIRL 2009/12/15 21:45:44
    animelover
    +1
    of corse its alive have you ever knowen of a doll that moves around every time you leave the room? then comes back to the exact same spot where you put it? its a girls magic. my little girl, she turns four in january she lovers her dolls. she names everyone of them and they come to life.

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