TA2 Sound + Music and UNION Creative bring the magic of Christmas to visually impaired children

Enjoying the classic stop-motion Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is a beloved holiday tradition in Canada. But visually impaired children haven’t had the pleasure of fully sharing in the magic.
While most holiday specials get adapted with Described Video (DV), Rudolph had been overlooked. TA2 Sound + Music and UNION Creative teamed up to make sure kids with vision loss had a new special to ‘watch’ this season.

According to Accessible Media Inc. “Described Video is the narrated description of a program’s non-verbal elements that may include surroundings, costumes, and body language. The description is added during pauses in dialogue, and enables people to form a mental picture of what is happening in the program.”
TA2 and UNION approached the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) about recording the Described Video, but with a twist.

“Described Video is usually recorded with an adult, even on kids’ programming,” said TA2 Voice Director Drew Frohmann. “But kids would way rather hear another kid.”

The Described Video script was approved by animation studio Rankin Bass, distributors Universal, and Corus. Then 12-year old Kasey Nugent was cast, and the audio was recorded and mixed at TA2’s West studio in Toronto.

With special thanks to Corus, Character Arts, and NBC Universal, Kids all across Canada will be able to enjoy Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer with Described Video (DV) for the first time ever on Dec. 20 on YTV and Dec. 22 on Treehouse.