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Cricket On The Hearth Now Available On DVD!
Another Rankin/Bass holiday special has been released on dvd by Sony Wonder! On September 5th, the 1967 cel animated TV special Cricket On The Hearth finally saw its digital debut! Starring the voice talents of Danny Thomas with daughter Marlo Thomas, and Roddy McDowell as Crocket Cricket, this rarely seen holiday treat is based on a Charles Dickensí classic tale and boasts a wonderful soundtrack with songs also sung by Danny Thomas! A must for any R/B fan!

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Another Animation Great Leaves Us!
Ed Benedict
'Flintstones' Artist Ed Benedict Dies

Hanna-Barbera's animation legend Ed Benedict passed away in his sleep this past Aug. 28, 2006.
The Flintstones Huckleberry Hound

Ed was one of our favorite artists. He designed Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, various characters on The Flintstones, and many others.

Quick Draw McGraw

The animation community mourns Ed's passing. He is an inspiration to many of us and he will be sorely missed. He was 94.

Read Ed's obituary here.

Yogi Bear

The Making of Rudolph Book
To Be Released In Japan!

PETIT GRAND PUBLISHING INC. in JAPAN with the Japanese version of my book on THE MAKING OF RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER for Japanese consumption. It has been alot of fun delving through the materials once again and the book will be released in JAPAN this Christmas!
KYOKO KITA working on the original Rudolph puppet back in 1964!

KYOKO KITA checked in on Rick's blog and saw her original ANIMAGIC creations beautifully restored! She was VERY happy to see SANTA & RUDOLPH restored to their original glory and displayed in a nice glass case and she hopes they stay that way for many years to come!

Arthur Rankin, Jr., Masaki Iizuka , & Jules Bass

Tabata working on the Santa puppet Filming the final sequence!

Tabata filming Charlie-in-the-Box!

Tabata working with the puppets!

Burl Ives & his alter-ego Sam the Snowman

An original Don Duga storyboard!

Tony Peters at the boards!

- Rick and Mark