Location: Milford, MA USA
Date: Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 21:50:44
Love your site! Have watched Rudolph every year, it's not Christmas until I see it. Always wondered myself why the doll was a misfit. One of the great mysteries. Excellent site!
Name: Kevin M. Sak
Location: Reno, NVDate: Wednesday, December 29, 1999 at 23:55:49
Horray for Rankin/Bass. The thing that sets these producers apart from the rest, is that they have HEART. Now, does it bother anyone else that Family Home Entertainment is marketing "Frosty Returns" as the sequel to "Frosty the Snowman?" That is so WRONG. The true sequel to "Frosty the Snowman" is "Frosty's Winter Wonderland." "Frosty Returns" is an inferior story, has inferior songs, and inferior drawings. They look like mutated Peanuts cartoons. Obviously, "Frosty Returns" is NOT a Rankin/Bass Production. Any thoughts?
Location: Chesterland, Ohio USA 44026
Date: Wednesday, December 29, 1999 at 09:26:10
Please send me your postcards regarding the snow man
Location: OakTown, CA USA
Date: Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at 22:33:35
Hey Guys, Thanks for the love you put in your site and the book. Unfortunately, both are incomplete without mentioning the cel animated masterpiece 'The Hobbit,''Return of the King,' & 'The Last Unicorn.' 'The Hobbit' especially stands out as one of the most beautifully executed examples of limited animation in TV history. How could you guys leave this out?
Location: Montreal, Quebec Canada
Date: Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at 14:45:39
Many thanks to those who are keeping the Rankin-Bass Christmas specials alive! I watch them year after year and I plan on introducing them to my children. I have two questions. What's the name of the special featuring Snow Miser and Heat Miser? I haven't seen that show for years. Also, is it possible to find lyrics somewhere, particularly for "Put One Foot In Front of the Other"? I'm hearing impaired and it's frustrating to not be able to fully enjoy the songs. Thanks and have a Shiny New Year!
To answer the Billie Mae Richards questions.... Location: Palos Hills, IL U.S.A.
Date: Monday, December 27, 1999 at 21:43:38
Good Question...Where is Billie Mae Richards? Billie is alive and well in Ontario, Canada. She prefers not to talk about her RANKIN/BASS days as RUDOLPH and other characters. Why? Another good question. I have made repeated attempts to contact and help her out financially BUT her agent says she can't bare to look at the glow of RUDOLPH'S red-nose any longer. Apparently, she feels she should have gotten some of the risiduals from the many re-airings of the special BUT the fact of the matter is that all the Canadian actors who voiced the characters in RUDOLPH received a buyout for their work on the Special. Their union was very agreeable to this contract and that is why they were used in the first place. They were paid for the first three airings of the special and that was it. This was the common practice of the day. This was the way the GILLIGAN'S ISLAND cast was paid, BATMAN, etc. etc. No one had any idea how long these things would last and that includes Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass. It's unfortunate that the one thing that Billie Mae will be remembered for is not cheerished and enjoyed by the actress. I HAVE TRIED! Not only did she voice RUDOLPH beautifully; She also voiced Willie McBean, Bobby Bond, Countless kids on FESTIVAL OF FAMILY CLASSICS and more for RANKIN/BASS! The same thing happened with Fred Gwynne and his character of Herman Munster (although it wasn't a money issue with him; it was a typecast issue). Maybe if she hears from some of her many fans, that might persuade her to do interviews. You can write her c/o C.O.R.E. GROUP, 3 Church Street, Suite 507, Toronto, Canada M5E1M2. Tell her Rick sent you! P.S.: Check my RUDOLPH article at TVPARTY.com!
Name: Emily Baxter
Location: Kissimmee, FL USA
Date: Monday, December 27, 1999 at 18:41:00
This is a wonderful sight. It is the ultimate homage to Rankin Bass. I just received your book, The Enchanced World.. and it was great.
Name:Courtney Bree Avarice
Location: Jackson, MI The U.S.
Date: Monday, December 27, 1999 at 11:25:26
I just want to say that this site rocks!!! "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is my all-time favorite Christmas special, which I have watched every year for 17 years (my lifetime). I look forward to it every year. Also: Whatever happened to Billie Mae Richards? I know she did some Care Bear movies, but where is she now, if she's still alive? I sing and play guitar for a punk-rock band at home in Michigan, and we wrote a song about her. It's called "Who's That Chick with the Throaty Voice". Keep up the good work on this website! Rock on!!!
Name: Cathy Rivera
Location: Highland, CA. USA
Date: Monday, December 27, 1999 at 04:24:06
Hello fellow Rankin-Bass fans!! I was soooo happy to find out about this fabulous website!!! Thanks to Rick and the Rankin-Bass folks, there's a website dedicated to these great shows!! I have seen the shows on TV since I was a tot. Since then, I've enjoyed their annual return year after year. I have always been interested in the voice actors who lent their marvelous talents to the creation of the characters we've all known and loved. Is there any hopes of getting an interview with Billie Mae Richards who voiced Rudolph? Are Paul Frees and Jackie Vernon (who voiced Frosty) still around? How about Shelly Winters who voiced Crystal? An interview with some of these actors would be a very nice addition to your great site!! Another idea: Is there any possibility of selling a few animation cels from the shows to the fans? Keep up the good work Rick!! Sincerely, Cathy Rivera
Location: Springfield, VA USA
Date: Monday, December 27, 1999 at 03:30:03
Hello everyone!! I am 19 years old and Rudolph is STILL my favorite movie of all time. I just got all the plushes, ornaments, and keychains from CVS, and they are wonderful. I have my own tribute to Rudolph website and hope everyone comes to visit! Happy Holidays!!
Location: Baltimore, Md USA
Date: Sunday, December 26, 1999 at 16:51:39
Are there any differences between Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on DVD and the video version? Also will CVS do any other Rudolph and misfit things next year, or other company for that matter? Please e-mail me. -Thanks
Name: Karen Murray
Location: Eastport, NY USA
Date: Sunday, December 26, 1999 at 08:03:16
Happy Holidays to everyone.
Name: George Zadorozny
Location: Oldsmar, FL USA
Date: Saturday, December 25, 1999 at 14:32:48
Merry Christmas! "God bless us, every one!" --George Zadorozny
Name: John Schoedel
Location: Fontana, CA United States
Date: Saturday, December 25, 1999 at 02:51:12
I have just discovered your website for the very first time, and I really appreciate it. Rankin-Bass was as much a part of my childhood as watching Three Stooges shorts, and just as timeless. With all the garbage currently on Tv these days, it is so refreshing to see these great Xmas classics over and over again. That Rankin-Bass holiday specials continue to outperform their competitors in the ratings is a reminder that quality still counts for some-thing. I thoroughly enjoyed the tribute you gave Romeo Muller, the gifted writer who vested so much heart into these timeless treasures. I was quite surprised to find out that he was born on the same day (8/7/28) as my father. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to buy Rick Goldschmidt's book yet, but I hope to eventually. Once again, thank you for having a great website, and for Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass, thanks for the memories. May your shows run forever.
Name: Rick Goldschmidt
Location: Palos Hills, IL U.S.A.
Date: Friday, December 24, 1999 at 18:34:59
First of all, I want to wish everyone a Merry, White, Holly Jolly RANKIN/BASS Christmas! We have enjoyed bringing you this RANKIN/BASS website for the past few months and are glad that everyone is enjoying it! We are sorry that the Christmas pages are only half finished this Christmas Eve BUT we did our best to try to get them done. Perhaps, we'll have a few surprises before the end of the month! I have been told that Santa Claus has presented many copies of my book for Christmas presents this year and for this I want to THANK YOU! Our website is an extension of my book and we try not to repeat things that you already have in my book like Synopsis, Credit listings, airdates, many photos, etc. If you are trying to locate a title for a paticular R/B show or just can't place a character with a show you have seen in the past......PLEASE buy the book! My book was assembled with Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass and we included all the information we could in the book! Unfortunately (or Fortunately depending how you look at it), our Hardcover edition is sold out BUT the softcover version at $18.95 is still available. Our website will SPOTLIGHT more of the individual talents who worked on the shows in the coming months! This month we SPOTLIGHT the wonderful talent of Romeo Muller! We look forward to hearing any constructive and intelligent comments you might have on our site! I want to wish everyone a Holly Jolly Christmas and a Shiny New Year! Rick
Location: Sombertown, FL USA
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 1999 at 10:28:43
Name: Jill Thompson
Location: Burbank, CA U.S.A.
Date: Monday, December 20, 1999 at 21:38:06
THANK YOU Mark and Rick! Just got my package of RANKIN/BASS goodies I ordered from your site for Christmas presents! WOW! I ordered two of everything. THANK YOU so much for all the extra goodies! Enjoyed reading the articles and now I am on my ENESCO search! You have a loyal customer in me! Merry Christmas! Jill
Name: Alex Wayne
Location: Anacortes, WADate: Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 22:21:06
Hi Rick and Mark! What a Wonderful website! Beautifully designed and lots to look at. Can't wait to see what you put up next! Rick, I bought several copies of your book at the local book store for Christmas presents this year and I must say it is absolutely amazing! The color pages are gorgous! Love all the behind the scenes pictures and the collectibles section. This is not your typical, low budget animation book THANK GOD! This is an EXCELLENT, high quality book that RANKIN/BASS must be very proud of! My hat is off to you Rick! THANKS for the site and book! Alex
Location: Satatoga Springs, NY USA
Date: Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 00:13:28
Words cannot express the love I have had for all your Christmas stories over all these years.It wouldn't be Christmas without them. Now I sit with all my grandchildren and watch them over and over and watch the same joy and happiness on their faces as my mother watched on mine. How wonderful they are. I collect all the beanies and stuffins etc. of all of them. They are great. My Granchildren go crazy watching the stories on TV and seeing each character in person. They can really relate to the story and each individual character and they have grown to love them all. Thank you SOOOO much R/B for coming up with all your wonderful stories. Christmas would not be the same if they didn't exist!! Thank you again, Janice
Name: William M. Schaefer
Location: Mtn Home, AR USA
Date: Friday, December 17, 1999 at 14:08:48
Does anyone know if Larry Roemer is still alive, and whether he had any further projects after his Rankin-Bass association? If Larry or Janis Orenstein ever visit Rick's site, please leave a message and identify yourselves! We love you very much!
Name:Larry J. Hall
Location: Houston, TX US of A
Date: Friday, December 17, 1999 at 13:43:18
Since no one dared took the Rankin/Bass Trivia Challenge, here are the answers. 1). B; they switched networks (Rudolph from NBC to CBS/ Year Without A Santa Claus; ABC to CBS). 2). A; Fuji (not the camera company LOL)! 3). C; None of The Above. Hollywood Squares regular George Gobel was Father Mouse. 4). B; Millie & Vanilli, I mean Milly & Chilly. 5). A; Whiz Kids. Todd even got to sing & play the drums on an episode. Those are the answers.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: Friday, December 17, 1999 at 13:39:11
WOW! This is GREAT! I am working on a web-page for German students of American culture, and naturally I as an American would not be who I am today without Rankin/Bass specials; I was hoping against hope there would be a something on the Net about them to help Germans experience the wonder. Again, this is fantastic!! I will like right away!!
Name: A. Schmall
Date: Friday, December 17, 1999 at 12:52:18
Hello to all Rankin/Bass fans worldwide- There is a show that the studio did in 1984 or '85 that retold the tale of Santa Claus, only there wasn't any snow and it was all green valleys and pastures. I'm guessing it was someplace like Hyperborea (the Northern Paradise), and there was an old man in a white robe with antlers on his head. There were goblins and dragons amongst other things, and Santa's sleigh was big and blocky. Does anyone remember the name of this cartoon? I've been looking for it for years and would like to find it. -Thanks for the help.
Name: Harolde Woodman
Date: Friday, December 17, 1999 at 04:58:01
When are the specials coming out on DVD?
Name: Lee Bach
Location: Leetonia, OhioDate: Thursday, December 16, 1999 at 11:38:41
Excellent R/B site! But I was hoping to find some info on "Pinnochio's Christmas"(my fav X-Mas special) If you want a copy I can send you one. Thanks for the site!
Name: Karen Carr
Location: White Plains, NY USA
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 1999 at 15:44:04
This site is so great!! Thank you!! Is the soundtrack from "The Little Drummer Boy" available?? Or...does anyone know if the piece by the Vienna Boys Choir (sung during the scene as they follow the star through the desert) is available?? Or...does anyone know the title to this piece?? Over 30 years later, and this is still one of my favorite Christmas music moments. Thanks and have a peaceful Holiday.
Name: Ann Marie Morelli
Location: New York, NY USA
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 1999 at 14:10:30
I would like to thank eveyone associated with Rankin/Bass for years of joy. I grew up with all of these Xmas specials and even now set aside time to watch them as often as possible during the holiday season. I can't even pick a favorite, because they are all so wonderful. I do, however, have one question that has haunted me for years. What is wrong with the little doll on the "Land of Misfit Toys"? I have asked everyone I see this same question, and it seems to stump everyone.
Name: George Zadorozny
Location: Oldsmar, FL USA
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 1999 at 01:06:17
Hi Rick! Thanks for a TERRIFIC essay on Romeo Muller! I'm sure it will inspire fans everywhere to watch the films he wrote and to be on the lookout for his "lost" '50s-'60s network films, too. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a truly complete collection of everything he wrote? So splendid a writer as Romeo deserves to have his complete works collected, preserved, and published! Thanks again for your excellent essay. Merry Christmas! --George Zadorozny P.S. And a Merry Christmas to Gene Muller, too!
Name: Gene Muller
Location: High Falls, N.Y. U.S.A.
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 1999 at 00:30:00
Rick, All I can say is Thank you & God Bless. Your Article along with George Z's Is the best Christmas present I could ever recieve.As I said to you many times he never realized how many people he touched with his work. He left a legacy in his stories for all to enjoy for many years to come Gene Muller
Location: long beach, ca los angeles
Date: Monday, December 13, 1999 at 21:34:01
hello again, just a correction to the previous e-mail, my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. it is incorrect on my first e-mail. thanx.
Location: long beach, ca los angeles
Date: Monday, December 13, 1999 at 21:12:37
Hey fellow animation fans, I am a major fan of the "Mad Monster Party" and am shokced to hear thsat it is going to be released soon on DVD. Well, I hope soon : ) I have been waiting for the time when they would release it on DVD, but never in my wildest dreams thought that they would. If anyone has a favorire seen they like to ralk about, just e-mail and we can possibly chat about it. Thanx. Dave
Location: Phoenix, AZ USA
Date: Monday, December 13, 1999 at 21:06:43
I hope everyone that enjoys Rankin Bass classics will read this. I have been disappointed every year because of the fact that 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is never shown anymore anywhere on televison. You also cannot buy it because it is discontinued. We need this classic back! If you enjoyed this movie and want to see it be a part of Christmas again, then write on this board and email R/B! Thanks!
Name: Stacy O'Brien
Location: Middletown, NJDate: Monday, December 13, 1999 at 18:38:23
All I have to say is that the christmas specials are the best around, and if it weren't for them christmas would be bleak. Mad Monster Party and the Heat Miser RULE!!!!!
Name: Mark Wilsie
Location: Manchester, NH USA
Date: Monday, December 13, 1999 at 17:17:57
Hi, I'm writing to say how pleased to see a website devoted to Rankin/Bass. My wife and I are both baby boomers who grew up watching all the Rankin/Bass specials over the years. We were especially excited to see the misfit toys that cvs released this and last year. I remember watching those specials as a child and thinking how neat it would be to have a real misfit toy in my hands. Then with my wifes encouragement, we bought the whole collection. were hoping someday that other Rankin/Bass specials are released as ornmanents or something to the like to pass on to our children.
Date: Monday, December 13, 1999 at 11:33:55
Hi. I was just wondering.... is the movie The Year Without a Santa Claus the one with the Baby New Year in it? I haven't seen that one in about 15 years and will purchase it if it's the one. Also - any anticipated date for release on DVD? I hate to buy tapes. This is a great site ! I was just randomly typing in rankinbass.com and didn't expect it to work - very happy it did ! Thanks.
Name: Christine Oliver
Location: Middletown, NJ USA
Date: Monday, December 13, 1999 at 08:43:26
Dear Rick and Rankin Bass Crew, I was one of the winners of the Rankin Bass compilation CD and just had to drop you a line to let you know how thrilled I am. I have never won anything in my life and this was better than winning the lottery. I received it the other day and immediately jumped to the "Christmas Carol" sung by Fred Astaire. It instantly brought a tear to my eye. I have always loved that song and it is my favorite scene from all the Rankin Bass specials. What a wonderful wedding that would truly be. Thank you all so much again for putting together such a wonderful tribute and keep up the great work with the website and all. I will continue to support your efforts in any way I possibly can. "Merry Christmas" and a very "Happy, Healthy New Year" to all. Your Forever Fan, Christine Oliver
Name: scott winn
Location: wilmington, ma usa
Date: Monday, December 13, 1999 at 08:23:47
Just finished watching Rudolph with my children. It always gets everyone in the christmas spirit. I would love to hear from other rankin bass collectors. I'm fairly new and could use some help with direction. Thanks Scott
Location: henrietta, tx USA
Date: Sunday, December 12, 1999 at 16:26:04
Thanks, you guys, for this site! Now how do you spell *totally cute* with 6 letters? H-E-R-M-E-Y!! That's how! He IS my favorite misfit! I am one of those "misfits" too. I would like to be, not a dentist, but a storm spotter! Hermey wanted to do his thing and that is what is so cool about him! He did not want to conform to what everyone else was doing, and I am a non-conformist as well (and I am also a vegetarian and I'll stay that for life. I just think that Hermey is so adorable and I am ordering the Rudolph bean toy through M&M's, hoping that I can find out how to order a Hermey bean doll too! Does Enesco make such toys? Thanks again!!
Location: Panorama City, CA USA
Date: Sunday, December 12, 1999 at 14:32:19
I grew up watching all of these wonderfully fantastic movies!!!!I am thrilled that the world has finally keyed into the genius of Rankin/Bass.LONG LIVE MAD MONSTER PARTY!!!!!!!
Name: BRAD ASCHE
Location: everett, wa usa
Date: Sunday, December 12, 1999 at 01:58:24
i like your web sight very much have watched every show since i was a kid. never let them die. i wish i could be young again. but the videos always make me young.
Name: peter lutrario
Location: nyc, ny usa
Date: Sunday, December 12, 1999 at 00:06:03
has anyone mentioned that this is rudolphs[the shows]35th anniversary!!!!!!
Location: NY, NY USA
Date: Saturday, December 11, 1999 at 22:15:37
Attention all musical misfits! There are three CD's that have been released through Sony Wonder, the childrens division of Sony Music, that include various songs from the R/B shows. The CD titles are: "A Classic Cartoon Christmas", "Classic Cartoon Christmas Too" and "Rudolph, Frosty & Friends Christmas" . They feature songs like "Why Am I Such A Misfit" from ' Rudolph', "Put One Foot In Front of the Other" from 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' and the "Heat Miser/Snow Miser" song from 'The Year Without A Santa Claus'. Check them out, they make great party music!!
Name:Larry J. Hall
Location: Houston, TX USA
Date: Saturday, December 11, 1999 at 18:49:02
It's time to play The Rankin-Bass Trivia Game! I'll ask 5 questions & you e-mail me the answers. Here we go. 1). What do Rudolph & The Year Without A Santa Claus have in common? A). The elves had the same costumes. B). They switched networks. C). None of the Above 2). On The Osmonds, what's the name of Jimmy Osmond's dog? A). Fuji B). Saki C). None of the Above. 3). Which Hollywood Squares panelist voiced Father Mouse on Twas The Night Before Christmas? A). Paul Lynde B). Shadoe Stevens C). None of The Above 4). What are the names of Frosty & Crystal's kids? A). Oatmeal & Corn Flakes B). Millie & Chilly C). None of The Above. The 5th's a HARD QUESTION! 5). Todd Porter voiced Pinocchio on Pinocchio's 1st Christmas. What 80's show was he in as a teenager. A). Whiz Kids B). The Edison Twins C). None of The Above E-Mail me & take the challenge!
Name: Mick Scott
Location: Los Angeles, CA U.S.A
Date: Saturday, December 11, 1999 at 16:49:47
GREAT GREAT SITE (YOU"VE MADE MY DAY) ! ! ! You guys really have it together. Now if you could do me a favor and get me Rudolph's old girlfriend's phone number, (Clariss I believe her name was) I would be quite grateful."SHE WAS A STONE COLD FOX...uhh ..I ..I MEAN REINDEER)! ! !
Name: Susan Bell
Location: Allentown, Pa USA
Date: Saturday, December 11, 1999 at 11:40:58
What a thrill,to be one of the winners for the Compilation C.D!!!Thank you,it's great!!!! I will treasure it always!! Being born in 1964 I have grown up with many Rankin/Bass Christmas specials and have so many fond memories of watching Rudolph and the other Rankin/bass Christmas shows with my 6 brothers and sisters every year!!!Now I am introducing Rudolph and all the other classics to my children.Last November 98 when I saw the CVS 12" plush Rudolph/Misfit dolls I almost dropped over with excitement!!! I now own everything cvs has put out on Rudolph,along with the Enesco line and Midwest line.They are wonderful!!I was upset to hear CVS will not be adding more characters for 2000,What about Mrs Claus??? And the girl elf?? Plus others!! At any rate I check into this site daily and am so thankful we misfits now have a home.Thank you Rankin & Bass for all the great memories,Thank you Rick for bringing us The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass,and this web-page & Thank you Danny, for introducing me to this site.Happy Holidays & ~ Have a Holly Jolly Christmas ~ everyone.
Name: "clarice the doe"
Date: Saturday, December 11, 1999 at 09:18:27
What a great site! Brings back a lot of fond childhood memories. It wouldn't be Christmas without Rankin and Bass specials.Thank you!
Name: Eileen Billetdoux
Location: Browns Mills, NJ usa
Date: Friday, December 10, 1999 at 21:55:35
Wow, what a site. Where oh where have you been? Rudolph is my favorite along with all those wonderful misfits, especially the ones i have from CVS. I love all those great pictures, what memories!! I am trying to purchase the hardover version of The Enchanted World of Rankin and Bass. Do you or does anyone know where i could purchase it? Everyone seems to have only paperback? Well Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!
Name: Keith Dodson
Location: Freeport, IL USA
Date: Friday, December 10, 1999 at 17:45:39
Great site!!!!! I haven't seen these specials for awhile!!! I hadn't gotton into cartoons for awhile, but I had a change of heart when my niece and nephew were born!!! Recently, I found a record of "Twas The Night Before Chistmas" for ten cents at the Library!!! This record was discarded from the library. It bought back memories when I played it! Also it was put out by Disneyland Records!!!!!! Well, have fun and a Merry Christmas!
Name: Rosalee Roberts
Location: Valrico, Florida USA
Date: Friday, December 10, 1999 at 05:47:09
This is great!!!! For the past 20 years I have been looking for a record that my parents played EVERY Christmas Eve for my own children!!!!! Where is a copy of the story "Island of Mifits" or "Christmas Rudolph almost missed" It was a record with the original Rudolph story, Blue cover with Santa and Rudolph on the front, and the story was about a boy and a girl on the island of misfits. Their father had a circus but it was failing because of a cat who barked like a dog, a dog who meowed like a cat, etc. All Misfits. I laid and listened to it and it made me always be sure to love everyone and know that even if they didn't seem to fit in like we thought they should - everyone needs love and to not be left out. I would give anything to be able to find this recording!!! Can you help me!!!!! I really think it should be made into a movie like Rudolph - the moral story is so appropriate this day and time!!!! Great message to kids that Rudolph - looked for the best, wanted to help everyone, went out of his way to help, etc. Santa received a letter from the children trying to help their dad, etc. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!
Date: Friday, December 10, 1999 at 04:43:52
Great site, if anyone know's of any R/B merchandise available in Australia, please let me know. Merry Christmas
Name:A Christmas Message from Rick!
It's the most wonderful time and busy time of the year!
Location: Palos Hills, IL USA
Date: Thursday, December 9, 1999 at 22:25:54
First of all, want to apologize about the delay on getting our Christmas pages up! We have been so busy filling orders, doing interviews and working on various RANKIN/BASS related projects that we have been unable to get things up as quickly as we would like! Look for an article on Romeo Muller and for our Christmas pages to start going up this weekend! LOTS OF VERY GOOD NEWS.....The R/B RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER rated extremely high during the first week of December! It was the second most watched show of the entire week. Many other specials aired the very same week including A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS but none were close. In fact, many Christmas TV SPECIAL polls were taken this week by morning shows (CBS MORNING, KATHY & REGIS, etc.) and RUDOLPH was #1 in every viewer poll that I am aware of. The next time a critic rates the "BEST ALL-TIME HOLIDAY SPECIALS," they should take a look at the ratings before they rank the #1 spot. Enough said! Mark Sykora and I will be featured on CLTV NEWS again sometime around the 16th or 17th. They will be sending a crew out to my studio to also shoot my collection. In addition to the segment being featured on the NEWS, it will also be included in a show called "AROUND CHICAGO." Check your local listings. CLTV NEWS is the Chicago Tribune's 24 hour NEWS station and is basically available exclusive to what is now AT&T's cable service. There were some recent discoveries made in the VIDEOCRAFT archives and some RARE promos have been found on 35 mm IPM including one from MAD MONSTER PARTY and RUDOLPH. They will definitely be a part of future RANKIN/BASS clollector's DVD releases! The TAMPA TRIBUNE has recently done a RANKIN/BASS article featuring interviews with myself and Arthur Rankin. The KANSAS CITY STAR also did a wonderful piece on RUDOLPH/GRINCH/CHARLIE BROWN written by Aaron Barnhart. THANKS Aaron! WGN MORNING NEWS will once again be featuring our website on a segment called "SURFIN' THE WEB" sometime before Christmas. A few of the requests we have received for the AUTOGRAPHED (by Paul Coker, Jr.) MISER BROTHERS postcard have been slightly delayed. We are waiting for Paul to sign some more up for us and we should have them all out soon! Certainly before Christmas...probably in the next few days. There have been alot of e-mails about the Misfit Girl Doll, HERMEY and the 'ANIMAGIC' puppets, PLEASE read my previois MAIL page messages. I am more than happy to resolve these office bets BUT I am starting to hear these questions in my sleep. I am meeting with ENESCO very soon once again to discuss some exciting RANKIN/BASS figurine plans. If you haven't found their current line yet. I have seen them in OSCO DRUG stores lately. Look for them displayed out of the box in their figurine snow displays....they may be mixed in with other types of statues. OSCO takes them out of the boxes and sticky tags them right on the bottom. I have heard reports of the RUDOLPH ENESCO line at many of their stores. Well, lots of exciting RANKIN/BASS projects on the horizon! We will try to keep you up to date as best we can. In the meantime, don't hesitate to e-mail us with your questions/comments. We want to wish you a warm and safe Holiday season! Rick
Name: peter lutrario
Location: nyc, ny usa
Date: Thursday, December 9, 1999 at 20:10:35
hi rick,its pete,,i notice that alot of people are interested in if the animgic figures still exsist today,of course we know they were not made to last very long because of there very delicate construction.but let me ask you,how about all the other props,outside of the fiqures,such as santas castle,donners cave,king moonracers castle,the trees all over xmas town.were these more durable,and do these exterior props exsist today??do you know of any out there? please lets keep in touch. pete
Location: nyc, ny usa
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 1999 at 20:00:28
hi guys,,for all you guys out there who need proof in verifible print,that herbie is really HERMIE,,TAKE A LOOK AT THE EARLY DECEMBER 1964 ISSUE OF TV GUIDE,IN THE FIRST FEW PAGES OF THE GUIDE IS A BIG COLORFUL FULL PAGE PICTURE OF ALL THE CHARACTERS AND UNDER HERBIES PICTURE ARE THE BIG WORDS THAT SAY """HERMIE''''OLD TV GUIDES ARE EASY TO OBTAIN,I SUGGEST LENORS T.V GUIDES IN N.J..IF YOUR INTERESTED IN A COPY OF THE GUIDE.
Name: peter lutrario
Location: nyc, ny usa
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 1999 at 19:32:01
hi rick,im 43 now and old enough to remember seeing the first airing of roudolph,and havnt missed the special since.i remember the g-e commercials during the early years having the elves in the commercials during the break,selling g-e products[only people old enough to have seen the origanal airing would know this].do you know where a copy of these origanal commercials can be attained.wouldnt it be great to have a tape of the show with the origanal ge commercials!!i recently purchased the origanal nbc 16mm network print of the show from a t.v exec,from the 1967 airing with commercials,i havnt seen it yet,but im hoping it has those animagic tv commercials,,ill let everyone know when i see it next week. great site,now all us r/b fans can unite together at long last. thanks rick. pete. p.s, i met you at san deigo comic con in 1998...
Location: Delanco, NJ USA
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 1999 at 14:56:56
I have been watching all Rankin/Bass Christmas shows since I've been born. I love to sing along. My daughter can't believe "I'm the Mommy." I believe all of the shows have been cut. Its a shame, because "The children of the 60's" know things have been cut. I have taped all of these cartoons on video tape, but I'm going to have to purchase the videos to actually get all the footage. Keep up the great site. I'd like to see more photos of all your characters.
Name: Tom Braun
Location: Rochester, ny usa
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 1999 at 12:18:02
Our office is in a debate over the actual name of the misfit elf who wants to be a dentist. We are debating between two,(Hermey or Herbie) and have conflicting evidence of either. which is it? I think we need to see the original script or something since any evidence we have found is quickly disputed with conflicting evidence. Please help us out since we are a software company and need to prepare for Y2K and are having difficulty working due to this debate. Thank you...
Name: Tammy Sue Hooper
Location: Richmond, Ky USA
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 1999 at 19:35:56
I love all the Rankin/Bass specials. It just isn't Christmas without them. I was so glad when CBS rebroadcast "the year without Santa Claus" for years I remembered the Heat miser - Snow miser songs and people thought I had imagined them! Last year I got the last laugh. I agree with the website though - I wish Family channel didn't cut so many songs, I had forgetten about "Fame and Fortune" until I visted this site. Thanks to rankin/bass for years of enjoyment!
Name: J.V. Chávez
Location: Kowloon, Hong Kong
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 1999 at 11:54:23
I'm not sure anymore, but I think I first saw "Rudolph" when I was six or seven, and it was the Spanish version (except for the songs), back when I was growing up in El Salvador, of all places. They showed it every year. At first, it was only shown in black and white, but when color TV came, wow! It just wasn't Christmas without another showing of "Rudolph", and I'm talking about a country where it doesn't snow, so definitely no snowmen or reindeer either. Later, during my college years in the States, I would watch "Rudolph" on TV every holiday season, because it became a tradition and for nostalgic reasons. Christmas always seems more memorable when you're really young. Now, I live in Asia and unfortunately it isn't shown here. I missed it so much I bought the video a few years ago and now I can continue my annual holiday tradition. Thanks, Rankin and Bass, Christmas will always be special because of you and your magical creations!
Location: Ft. Collins, CO USA
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 1999 at 08:34:18
Have you considered the addition of a web radio station of just R/B songs? I've been using WinAmp for months now and I'd love to listen to the songs while I work. It would be a great draw to the web site as well.
Name: angelo savino
Location: staten island, ny U.S.A.
Date: Monday, December 6, 1999 at 16:33:45
If anyone can let me know where I can get in touch with Mr. Rankin and Bass, I would be greatly appreciative. Thank You, Angelo Savino
Name: angelo savino
Location: staten island, ny U.S.A.
Date: Monday, December 6, 1999 at 16:32:45
I anyone can let me know where I can get in touch with Mr. Rankin and Bass, I would be greatly appreciative. Thank You, Angelo Savino
Name: Leyani Roman
Location: Miami, FL USA
Date: Monday, December 6, 1999 at 10:59:52
I have a 4 year old who is in desparate search of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. I have contact CVS.com because they are not a locate distributor of your misfit beanies, but they do not provide that specific beanie online. PLEASE HELP!
Date: Monday, December 6, 1999 at 10:38:08
I am a fan of the Rankin/Bass movies, cartoons etc. Much of what I see is a reminder of my childhood and I am overwhelmed with deja-vous. Could you please tell me, what the background is on this page? It looks so farmilliar to me...it's has a reindeer but it's not the famous Rudolph, and it has a man with a huge chin. What is that? God, looking at all this stuff is like tapping into some sacred part of my psyche or something. The real reason I am here is because there was a movie that I adored when I was younger, I only seen it once, it was called the Last Unicorn, and it was that Japanamation and it was about a unicorn that turned into a human. I can't remember much about it except that it was excellent. I think maybe it was a creation of Rankin/Bass, but I'm not sure. Everything they create is a masterpiece. Anyways, if you could help me find a copy of the movie. Thanks, ~Andrea
NYDate: Sunday, December 5, 1999 at 18:09:50
I'm twelve years old and very into the movies. I would like to start collecting. Can someone tip me wher to start? Thanx
Name: Chuck DeKeno
Location: Union City, CA USA
Date: Sunday, December 5, 1999 at 15:04:10
What is the name of the move that features a littie blind boy and a nune (the voice of the nune was done be Angela Lansbury) Thanks for you help.
Name: Chuck DeKeno
Location: Union City, CA USA
Date: Sunday, December 5, 1999 at 14:55:37
Is the 1979 version of JACK FROST still available? and if it is where/how can I purchase it.
Location: Woodridge, Il U.S.A.
Date: Sunday, December 5, 1999 at 12:24:10
Please let me know where you can find the island of the misfit toys. I have seen them in several magazines, but not in the store. Thank you.
Name: Greg Maurice
Location: Chicago, IL United States
Date: Saturday, December 4, 1999 at 23:28:20
I was very surprised that Rankin/Bass finally has a place of the internet. Every December for the last 30 years, I have always enjoyed the holiday shows such as Rudolph, Frosty, Jack Frost, etc. These specials are excellent classics. I enjoy the characters in these specials not only because they are funny and humorous but also because they can send good messages to people in real life. I think this is a very cool web page. Keep up the good work. If it were my choice, I would give both Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Will there be any plans in the future to have a show about these two animators (ie: A&E's Biography or the E! True Hollywood Story). I believe it would be interesting to watch. Anyway, keep up the good work on this web site. God Bless
Name: Lawrence Brian Schwartz
Location: Gilbert, AZ USA
Date: Saturday, December 4, 1999 at 20:52:17
Dear Rick, Your website is outstanding and truly commemorates the work of Rankin/Bass and what they have done over the past four decades. Thank you Rankin/Bass for sharing with us the memories of televsion classics that all families can share for generations to come. Lawrence Brian Schwartz, LBSArtSite@aol.com
Name: Tedie Siegel
Location: Sunland, CA USA
Date: Saturday, December 4, 1999 at 16:30:45
I have been a fan since I was a child and I can't imagine Xmas without your shows. I love them all, from Rudolf to The Little Drummer Boy. Thank you for the joy, pleasure and memories you have shared with me and everybody else.
Name:Dellie Goose Hutchinson
Location: Tacoma, Wa USA
Date: Saturday, December 4, 1999 at 14:13:31
I Like All The Rankin-Bass Shows That Logo Made Me Laugh I Started Laughing I Liked All Their Shows Keep Up The Site
Name: Lyn Misserville
Location: Dracut, MA USA
Date: Saturday, December 4, 1999 at 11:39:17
I was so thrilled to read in TV Guide about this web site. I'm 34 years old and have been watching the Rankin/Bass specials since way back. I've now introduced these wonderful children's classics to my son. We so look forward to the holiday season for them to air on TV. Thanks for the memories and love the site!!!!!
Name: Ray Brackett
Location: Boston, MA USA
Date: Friday, December 3, 1999 at 16:11:34
Rick, Don't you think CBS should be ASHAMED of the hatchet job they did on Year Without A Santa Claus last night?!?! I know they have to make room for commercials but c'mon.... I could not believe the way they cut the songs in half and thought we wouldn't notice! I've been so happy in recent years to see footage RESTORED to these classics (i.e. Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph) that I was heartbroken to see this done to my favorite one of all! Their only saving grace was leaving Heat & Snow Miser's songs intact, otherwise I would have gone over the edge! There, I've vented. Great book, by the way! Merry Christmas.
Location: Houston, TX USA
Date: Friday, December 3, 1999 at 12:15:27
I have been a fan of Rankin Bass shows since I was born. Every holiday I watch them all, plus I have most of them on tape. These shows are very special and will be remembered and watched for all times. Thank you so much.
Name: Greg Ottinger
Location: Phoenix, AZ USA
Date: Friday, December 3, 1999 at 07:29:43
Snow Miser is the greatest. I've been telling friends about him for years, but couldn't show him to anyone until I bought the video a few years ago. Now at any given time during the year my friend will pop his copy of the video in and we'll watch the Snow/Heat Miser segments. Of course having been born and raised in Phoenix, I'm partial to the Heat Miser.
Name: Sonya Baskerville
Date: Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 23:19:37
I am overjoyed to see that so many R/B Christmas classics will be broadcast this season. For many years now I've complained that Heatmieser and Showmieser have been left out! I'm glad to see them back - and in prime time! Thanks for keeping these classics in the limelight. Of course, I'm over thirty!
I'll try to keep this short...CONGRATS!
Date: Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 22:47:52
CONGRATS to our CD winners today! Check our MARQUEE! Want to let everyone know we have another drawing coming up on Christmas Day! There is still hope! Did you watch YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS tonight on CBS? I di with my daughter Sara (8) and it look like SAM THE BUTCHER edited the special for the network. It was laughable. Midway through the first three songs....they just stopped!(Ha, Ha) Instead of Santa landing in Southtown on his reindeer...he magically appears and is already in conversation with the cop. My daughter didn'ty notice these chops, so I guess it didn;t hurt the show's appeal too much BUT the purchase of the home video is now mandatory for collectors! Has a very nice box anyway (check our NEWS page for photo)! By the way, you can get the R/B videos from THE WHOLE TOON CATALOG and their number is on our Marquee! Again, CONGRATS to our winners!
Date: Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 22:37:33
I LOVE Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, its been one of my favorite parts about Christmas time for quite awhile. My favorite charachter is Hermey, and I was wondering where i could find a good picture of him ( I've searched everywhere) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Name: Bpnnie Carlino
Location: Wheaton, IL USA
Date: Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 21:09:52
It was such a thrill to have found this page....I grew up loving all of these charming productions....and watching them still....thank you for keeping these wonderful childhood memories alive.
Name: Scott and Tracey
Location: Orlando, FL USA
Date: Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 18:59:25
Can anyone tell us where we can purchase the videos for all of the Christmas shows? We would love to add them to our video library...Thanks!
To answer...Where are the Puppets?
Date: Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 13:29:25
One other question that I should answer here is: Where are the 'ANIMAGIC' Figures today? I did answer this in some detail in my CINEFANTASTIQUE Feb. 1999 article in their "100 Years of Stop-Motion" issue. For those of you that missed it, the 'ANIMAGIC' figures were made for animation puposes and not made to last or collect. The same can be said of RKO's KING KONG, etc. etc. The materials used were flexible and sprayed down with a type of flock to avoid reflection for filming purposes. The Spray had some acidity to it and eventually would cause the figure(s) to deteriorate over time. True, some do still exist in private collections (Arthur and Jules would give them to people they worked with), but all that I am aware of are barely hanging together. We will share some of the photos of these figures on our 'ANIMAGIC' web pages soon....Donner is already there in many poses. Jules Bass explained "We did have a few re-creations made in lasting materials to display in our office, but the average life of a real 'Animagic' figure was about 6 months." I was given a Wood carved Salad Fork/Spoon set of FANG & DRACULA carved by head 'ANIMAGIC' tech Pinchon (during the making of MAD MONSTER PARTY) as a gift from RANKIN/BASS for Christmas last year! THANK god these were made with lasting material! I'll try to share some photos soon! If you are interested in collecting dead on likenesses of the characters in 3-D form, go out and buy the ENESCO figurine line! More planned for next year too! In other NEWS...David Letterman did another funny RUDOLPH parody last night! Last years was newly animated in CLAYMATION. This year he used the actual clips with overdubbed dialogue (as he did in 1997). His information on the special was wrong, stated the show has been on over 40 years. He knew it was wrong and joked about it. A BMW commercial aired during his show with a NEW version of the song "We Are Santa's Elves" in the background. In answer to one of our recent letters on the mail page, The R/B compilation CD was done for Promotional purposes and for the staff at RANKIN/BASS. In order to put it out as a legitimate release, we would have to obtain the rights from many sources. We would like to see this happen and will try to pursue it BUT unfortunately, based on our past experiences with things like this, COLLECTORS packages are frowned upon by the powers that be. We would all like to see them happen BUT for some reason, the companies that own the rights choose to use the opinions of focus groups (not fans) to develop a product and look for the biggest $! Take the RUDOLPH DVD for instance. Look at that awful cover, the lack of additional material and the lack of specific info on the liner notes. I suggested adding the additional "Fame and Fortune" clip, the 1966 promo and a special with interviews with all involved BUT instead, they put out a quickly assembled DVD for the $. Don't get me wrong, the print is beautiful and it is fully restored to it's 1964 version...so there something to be THANKFUL for, but I am sure this release disappointed most of the true R/B fans. I am told there are plans to turn this thing around next year with Photo packaging, additional material, etc.. This year, the cover alone tells the story! So, I agree with you, much more collectible material deserves to be released out of the RANKIN/BASS archives...now if we can only get the powers that be to understand this...they make make $ after all.
Location: New York, NY USA
Date: Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 12:39:48
Greetings, Rick, and greetings, fellow Rankin/Bass groupies everywhere! I'm wearing my newly-acquired Santa Claus suit even as I type this, so I hope you've all been especially good this holiday. But now to business. R/B's "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," from 1970, will air on Fox Family Channel later this month; however, their advertising people apparently are unaware that it is indeed a Rankin/Bass Production. I hope that, in the future, some cable networks who dare to air the R/B shows understand that there are some of us --- principally Rick, and including myself --- who do expect the Rankin/Bass name to be treated respectfully. That, I believe, is a major reason for the existence of rankinbass.com; and I hope Rick can make that clearer to a good many of us as we come closer to 2000. Bottom line: Advertise any rerun of a Rankin/Bass series or special on any of the cable networks by identifying the specific program with "Rankin/Bass'..." Indeed, an example of this can be found in my Santa Claus movie timeline, at the aforenoted SCTM.com. The quote reads: "Also in 1964: Rankin/Bass' One and Only, Original 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' --- television's longest continuously aired animated Christmas special...." I hope I made this suggestion clear to you. Sorry I can't send you pics of myself as Santa just yet; that's a little bit down the road. Anyway, happy viewing --- and remember: RANKIN/BASS RULES!
Name:Jen "Herbie" Kahler
Location: Long Island, NY USA!!!
Date: Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 11:45:04
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the site, but I am devestated to find out that "Herbie" is really "Hermey". It has been a controversy in my family for a while now, especially ever since my friend's uncle has called me that as a nickname (kind of embarassing for a 27 year old woman!). It was always hard to tell because of Rudolph's very nasal voice, but now the mystery is solved. I guess he will always still be Herbie to me. SECOND POINT: I'm sure I speak for all the R/B fans out there when I say: WHY WONT THERE BE A WIDESPREAD RELEASE OF THE COMPILATION CD?????? I understand you wanting it to be a special gift for the R/B family, but just from a cost standpoint, it costs a lot of money in studio time, etc to make a CD of that quality to only make 59 or so copies. Will it ever go into widespread release? Even if you offer it exclusively through this website, many fans would jump at the offer! I know I would! ANYWAY, thanks for letting me rant and rave. I am definitely going out to buy the book. And my sister is getting her copy of Mad Monster Party-I never even heard of it until recently, because I'm too young. Seems only the Baby Boomers know about it! Will other old R/B productions be restored and re-released? Animagic is a lost art that needs to be preserved! Again, the site is GREAT and I cant wait to see more exciting things on it.
A Message concerning ?s from Rick
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 22:11:42
First of all, WELCOME to all of you that found us in TV GUIDE! Well, CBS aired RUDOLPH tonight and once again cut the "Peppermint Scene"! Still hasn't aired on NETWORK television since 1964 BUT is on DVD and video version! Those commercials are more important than RARE clips! Oh well! So many of you have been e-mailing me with THE question about the Misfit Doll and the HERMEY vs. HERBIE question, that I had to post an "end all" answer! First of all, BOTH of these questions are discussed in my book (both on page 5)! If you haven't bought the book yet, Treat yourself for Christmas! HERMEY is definitely HERMEY! I have all the original Romeo Muller scripts and he named and spelled the character's name as HERMEY (never HERBIE). Why does all the merchandise say HERBIE? Good question! I advised the licensees of the proper name years ago! Check our HUMOR page for a bit of humor regarding this question and my TVPARTY.com article as well! As far as the Misfit Girl doll goes, Arthur Rankin jokes about her problem being psychological in my book! The fact of the matter is, she is barely mentioned in Romeo's scripts. He describes the important charcters in GREAT detail and the Misfit Girl doll wasn't even in the original 10-63 draft at all! Charlie is the only Misfit with lines, even in the revised script. The spotted Elephant and The Misfit Girl doll got a few extra lines in 1965 at the end when the return to the Island Of Misfit Toys was added in due to public response. She became a more important character in the second broadcast, but was not fully developed in the script....hence the mystery! I accept Arthur's explanation since he is the RANKIN in RANKIN/BASS and Produced the entire production. Try to tune in to my New York Radio Broadcast this Saturday (Info on our NEWS page!). Many THANKS to Larry Potash at WGN MORNING NEWS for the GREAT plugs today! WGN-TV is the BEST! May be going back on CLTV this month on a show called "Around Chicago"! Check out BLOCKBUSTER for a GREAT New FROSTY THE SNOWMAN motion ornament! (We'll try to get a photo up soon!) THANKS for all your kind e-mails! Lots going up this month so....keep checking! Rick
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 20:10:18
Would someone please email me and tell me what is "misfit" about the doll on the Island of Misfit Toys? I just finised watching Rudolf on CBS -- I've watched every year since I was a child -- and this question has perplexed me for years. ....
Name: John Bradshaw
Location: Fairfax, VA USA
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 14:45:36
I use to own the 33 1/3 LP Soundtrack of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer but lost it about 15 years ago. I have never been able to find a copy since. If ANYONE knows where to obtain this soundtrack, please email me.