MAY 2004 NEWS!

Arthur Rankin to Direct Play!

Click here to view a short biography of Arthur Rankin! Click here to visite the Ebbtide website! Arthur Rankin is getting ready to direct the play EBBTIDE which will run from JUNE 30th through JULY 7, 2004 at the City Hall Theatre in Hamilton, Bermuda! The proceeds from EBBTIDE will benefit the following charitable organizations: THE BERMUDA DIABETES ASSOCIATION, THE BERMUDA MASTERWORKS FOUNDATION, and THE BERMUDA POLICE BENEVOLENT FUND. If you reside in, or happen to be travelling to Bermuda, be sure to check it out and help some deserving charities. Online tickets are available! Go to for more information!

A Burl Ives Christmas Card!
Here is a GREAT old BURL IVES Christmas card sent out by the man himself in the Early 1960's! BURL had a GREAT love of the arts and used many GREAT Illustrations like this over the years. Many of his DECCA RECORD LP covers were wonderful pieces of art as well. Perhaps, this is what led him to an ANIMATED property at RANKIN/BASS. In the later years of his life he decorated his WA Home's lawn with RUDOLPH cutouts made by a local artist. Visit BURLIVES.COM and tell DOROTHY we said hello!

Paul Winchell - We Love Him!

Click here to visit Paul's website! Click here to order Paul's autobiography! Meet Paul Winchell - Ventriloquist, Voice Actor, Inventor. Many know him as the voice of Papa Smurph. Others know him as the voice of Dick Dastardly (my personal favorite). And yet others know him as the genius behind Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff (pictured left). However you know him, now you can learn all about the man behind the characters! Check out Paul's new website,, which is a treat in itself! Or order Paul's autobiography, "Winch" available now through his site! (Autographed copies also available!) Click on the book pic to order yours! -Mark

Also, Paul is starting a new, online steaming video channel called (Paul Winchell Kids Network.) If you have broadband, check it out. It's up and running with some killer-klips from Paul's various shows!

Super Clearance Sale at Time & Space Toys!

Check out the great merchandise on sale up to 50% off at Time & Space Toys! Here's a list of some of the Rankin/Bass Items up for grabs! Just click on the item to go directly to its page at While you're there, take a look around! The Rankin/Bass items are only a small sample of all the items sale priced now!

Peter Cottontail Action Figures Set of 4

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Enesco 2001 Figures Set of 9

Rudolph Enesco Hallmark 2001 Figures Set of 3

Enesco 2001 Rudolph Mini Figures Set of 12

Rudolph Enesco 2002 Figures Set of 10

Rudolph Enesco Musical Rotating Figurine

Rudolph Enesco 2002 Bumble Cookie Jar

Rudolph Santa's Sleigh & Reindeer Team Playset

Rudolph Santa's Sleigh & Reindeer Team Playset

And check out these Pre-Order items:

Rudolph Jingle Buddies Bell Ornaments Set of 4

Rudolph Animatronic Motion & Song Figures Set of 6

Bumble Airblown Inflatable Yard Figure

Santa Claus Comin To Town Action Figures Box Set of 6

- Rick and Mark