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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  • Moonlig... little ... 2009/12/14 22:23:38
    Moonlight101 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
    Glad to know I'm not the only 1
  • 1606029 little ... 2009/12/16 01:59:45
  • Josh 2009/12/14 20:33:57
    that's great. although the gun that squirts jelly seems to have some sort of creepy innuendo behind it...
  • Lynn 2009/12/14 19:48:50
    Apparently Sue outgrew the need for a dolly... Most kids eventually grow up.
  • <--That guy 2009/12/14 19:47:28
    <--That guy
    Wow! That's...heartbreaking.
  • herb 2009/12/14 19:03:26
    Toy Prozac?
    toy prozac
  • Kathy_K 2009/12/14 18:35:03
    Oh, I've always wondered this too. Thanks for clearing up the mystery!
  • Anthony W. Leone 2009/12/14 18:23:28
    Anthony W. Leone
    The poor little thing. I didn't realize that she was depressed. I often wondered too why she was sad.

    But considering this was aired in the 1960s, it's nice to see that they at least treated the doll with some respect. No one really took psychological issues seriously back then and it's quite something that someone recognized the doll for being a true misfit and put her in a support group!

    doll respect psychological issues recognized doll true misfit support group

    And the support group worked out for her. She seems much happier now!
  • marymac Anthony... 2009/12/15 13:50:03
    she DOES look happier. dolly chill pills rock!
  • Alyssa Marie 2009/12/14 18:23:06
    Alyssa Marie
    Aw. I would have loved to have a doll like that when I was little. I never had any plush dolls.
  • Blade Master 2009/12/14 17:32:52
    Blade Master
    that's sad
    but what I either couldn't figure out or I forgot, what was wrong with the plane?
    and by the way what the f was up with the owl interrupting Rudolph's and Hermie's song? that is one rude bird
  • marymac Blade M... 2009/12/14 17:37:25
    the plane couldn't fly. (maybe it just needed new batteries!) ;)
    what IS up with that owl?
  • Blade M... marymac 2009/12/14 17:45:49
    Blade Master
    oh he couldn't fly ok well that makes sense thanks
    that owl was random to say the least
  • Anthony... Blade M... 2009/12/14 18:24:13
    Anthony W. Leone
    I thought the plane couldn't fly but could swim.
  • marymac Anthony... 2009/12/15 13:51:06
    so to me, that's an advantage right there- if your plane can swim it can't crash unless like it hits a whale or something.
  • Anthony... marymac 2009/12/15 14:43:23
    Anthony W. Leone
    And with my luck, it would hit two whales!
  • Blade M... Anthony... 2009/12/16 05:12:55
    Blade Master
    no, that was the bird who couldn't fly but could swim
  • Anthony... Blade M... 2009/12/16 20:49:00
    Anthony W. Leone
    Thanks for the correction!
  • miki 2009/12/14 17:17:50
    i think that the were trying to give it to a girl my age and they did not want it.i do not play w/ dolls i think it is vry immature
  • gibyob 2009/12/14 17:02:34
    Wow, thats pretty deep for a kids show. It just goes to show that not everything in that format is put out for adolescent consumption.

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