Thundercats Season 1 Volume 1 DVD Set!
Due out in August 2005, this 3 disc DVD set collects all 33 original RANKIN/BASS episodes from the first half of the 1985-86 First season of the animated classic. Approximate running time: 759 minutes

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Heaven Shines a Little Brighter Now....
....as we sadly mourn the recent passing
of some of entertainment's greats:

Beloved ROBIE LESTER passed away on June 14th of this year at the age of 75. Robie lives on as the voice of Jessica (Mrs. Claus) in Rankin/Bass' Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. Robie also had an extensive career with Disney, and had the distinction of recording the most records for Disney than any other performer. We were lucky enough to have been able to get to know her in the past few years. She was a kind and loving person. We will miss her. Read Robie's obituary here and here.

Robie Lester singing My World Is Beginning Today
Frank Gorshin

Actor/Comedian/Impressionist FRANK GORSHIN passed away on May 18th. Frank was probably best known for his portrayal of "The Riddler" on the 60's Batman television series. Frank also voiced "Old Sir Tentworthree" in Rankin/Bass' 1976 holiday special Rudolph's Shiny New Year. Frank was definitely one of a kind. His final appearance was on te CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation which aired in May. He was 72. Read Frank's obituary here.

Ventriloquist/Voice Actor PAUL WINCHELL passed away on Friday June 24. Probably best known as the voice of Tigger in Disney's Winnie the Pooh series, Paul began his career as a ventriloquist giving life to his two wooden pals Jerry Mahoney & Knucklehead Smiff. Baby Boomers will fondly remember him as the voice of Dick Dastardly and Papa Smurf. He was 82. Listen to Paul's audio obituary here, or read Paul's obituary here.

Paul Winchell with his pals  Jerry Mahoney & Knucklehead Smiff
Howard Morris

Actor/Director/Voice Actor HOWARD MORRIS passed away on June 21st. Howard performed many voices for Hanna-Barbera, including Atom Ant, Mr. Peebles (Magilla Gorilla), Breezly Bruin, and Mush Mouse. But most will remember Howard for his portrayal of our favorite Mayberry rebel, Ernest T. Bass on the Andy Griffith Show. He also directed many episodes of our favorite 60s Sitcoms including The Dick Van Dyke Show and Hogan's Heroes. He was 85. Read Howard's obituary here.

Singer/Voice Actor THURL RAVENSCROFT passed away on May 22nd. Thurl was the voice of Tony the Tiger, and his signature catch phrase, "There Grrrreat!". He also sang "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in the Chuck Jones animated Christmas classic Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas. With his wonderful baritone voice, he was perfectly cast as one of the performers who sings "Grim Grinning Ghosts" at The Haunted Mansion attraction at the Disney theme parks, as well as many other Disney characters. He was 91. Read Thurl's obituary here.

Thurl Ravenscroft
Eddie Albert

Actor EDDIE ALBERT passed away on May 26th. Eddie is famous for his portrayal of the city-slicker turned farmer Oliver Douglas in the 1965 television series Green Acres. Eddie also worked for Rankin/Bass in 1968, providing the voice for Captain Standish in the cel-animated Thanksgiving television special The Mouse on the Mayflower. Eddie was also superb as the manipulative Warden Hazen in the original The Longest Yard (1974) opposite Burt Reynolds. He went on to star again in another T.V. series, Switch with co-star Robert Wagner. He was 99. Read Eddie's obituary here.

Voice Actor/Actor HENRY CORDEN passed away on May 19th. Henry was the voice of Fred Flinstone. He took over as the Bedrock loudmouth after the original voice for Fred, Alan Reed, passed away in 1977. Henry provided many voices for Hanna-Barbera, including voices on Johnny Quest and Josie and the Pussycats. Henry has also appeared as Barbara Eden's genie father on the popular sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, and the contentious landlord "Mr. Babbitt" on an episode of The Monkees. He was 85. Read Henry's obituary here.

Henry Corden
Each and every one of these performers holds a specal place in our hearts and we are grateful for the joy they have brought to us and countless millions. We will miss them all.

A Vintage Color Ad - Frosty's Premier !
Japanese King Kong Notebooks
This FROSTY image comes from a 1969 CHICAGO TRIBUNE TV WEEK magazine advertising the premiere of the classic RANKIN/BASS special. FROSTY is the only RANKIN/BASS special to be broadcasted annually each year on Network television and has remained on the same network since it's premiere. RUDOLPH originally premiered on NBC in 1964 and switched over to CBS in 1972.

Need A Don Duga Original? Get One Here!
If you missed the Don Duga signing event at The Deep Archives gallery, here's your chance to own an original piece of art by the Rankin/Bass storyboard artist himself!

Collector Robert Millsaps has the following works available for purchase:

#1 Frosty the Snowman

Framed Piece signed by Don Duga with COA.
Image size 8X10 with double matting.

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#2 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Framed Piece signed by Don Duga with COA.
Image size 8X10 with double matting.

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#3 Fred Astaire Is Coming To Town

Framed Piece signed by Don Duga with COA.
Image size 12 field with double matting.

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If you are interested in any of the above items please contact

Robert Millsaps


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- Rick and Mark