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Dolly
DollyForSue

Real Name

Dolly

First Appearance

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (December 6, 1964)

Original Publisher

Rankin/Bass

Created by

Romeo Muller & Robert L. May

Origin

Dolly is a red-haired rag doll once owned by a girl named Sue. She now lives on the Island of Misfit Toys, a sanctuary for toys not loved by any little boy or girl.

Notes

  • The character of Rudolph is not in the public domain and, thus, cannot be used without permission. He was created in 1939 by Robert L.May and his first appearance was renewed. However, he has been popularly referred to as "Santa's 9th Reindeer."
  • Like the character, the song, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, is NOT in the public domain so avoid using details which are original to it.
  • The copyright year in Roman numerals for the special was mis-marked as MCLXIV (1164) instead of the correct MCMLXIV (1964). This invalidates the copyright under U.S. law at the time, which required a valid date of copyright be affixed to the production meaning that still images from the special and all of the characters unique to it are, as a result, in the public domain.
  • Because of her normal-looking appearance, many have wondered why she is a "misfit?" No explanation is given in the special however, the special's producer, Arthur Rankin Jr., later revealed her problem is psychological, caused from being rejected/abandoned by Sue and suffering depression from being unloved.

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