Christmas might be over, but Santa Claus, Rudolph and the other reindeer don’t get time off. In the sequel to Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Rudolph heads back to work to save New Year’s Day in Rudolph’s Shiny New Year. The special airs on ABC at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, December 26. Read on for a preview of Rudolph’s next adventure.
After saving Christmas with his shiny red nose, Rudolph has to Father Time (voiced by Red Skelton) to find a new Baby New Year before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve or time will be stuck on December 31. The evil vulture Eon the Terrible has kidnapped Happy the Baby New Year to make sure his Eon never ends. It’s up to Rudolph to stop him in an adventure with stops in the days of cavemen and 1776 to meet Benjamin Franklin.
Shiny New Year is a stop-motion animation special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions, the same team behind Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) and Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town (1970). The special debuted on December 10, 1976 on ABC and was written by Romeo Muller.
DATE: Monday, December 26
TIME: 9 p.m. ET
CHANNEL: ABC (Click here to find your local ABC affiliate)
Red Skelton as Father Time/Narrator/Baby Bear
Billie Richards as Rudolph
Morey Amsterdam as One Million B.C.
Frank Gorshin as Sir 1023/Quarter Past Five
Paul Frees as 1776/Santa Claus/General Ticker/Eon the Terrible/Humpty Dumpty
Don Messick as Papa Bear/Rumpelstiltskin/Prince Charming/The Seven Dwarfs
Harold Peary as Big Ben the Whale
Iris Rainer as Mama Bear/Nanny Nine O’Clock
Produced and Directed by Arthur Ranklin, Jr. & Jules Bass
Written by Romeo Muller
Music and Lyrics by Johnny Marks