DECEMBER 2006 NEWS!

Interviews With Rick Goldschmidt,
Kevin & Elana Kreiss, and Arthur Rankin!

Kevin Kreiss with the original Rankin/Bass Rudolph puppet!

Rick Goldschmidt with the original Rankin/Bass Santa puppet!

In case you missed them....

Television Interviews

Rick Goldschmidt on CBS 2 Morning News

Rick Goldschmidt on Chicago's CBS 2 Morning News

Kevin and Elana Kreiss on KDKA

Interview with Kevin and Elana Kreiss, owners of www.timeandspacetoys.com, on KDKA in Pittsburgh
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Rick on The Nude Hippo Show

Interview with Rick Goldscmidt for Chicago's Nude Hippo Show
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Radio Interviews

Rick Goldschmidt on Northeast Colorado Talks - AM 1010 KSIR
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Rick Goldschmidt on Holder Tonight - Montreal's CJAD 800
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Newspaper Articles

Arthur Rankin, Jr. interviewed by Rob McKenzie for an article in for Canada's National Post newspaper.
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Rick Goldschmidt interviewed by Rob McKenzie for an article in for Canada's National Post newspaper.
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For all of your Rankin/Bass toy and collectible needs visit Time & Space Toys
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Make Cover of GoTriCities!

Kevin Castle recently interviewed Rick for the December 7th - 13th issue of GoTriCities Magazine!

Rankin/Bass Dolls Are Everywhere!

This SNOW MISER doll picture was sent by NOVA 
GREENSOCKS! It was handmade from materials at WALMART.

Dolls of the RANKIN/BASS Characters can be found almost anywhere these days! We went to BROOKFIELD ZOO yesterday and to my surprise they had BUILD-A-BEAR type dolls of all the RUDOLPH characters and some of them were nice! We picked up a YUKON and my son JOSH stuffed him and put a star inside. Their version of these dolls are called ANIMALAND and made by a company called NANCO. They have a small HANG TAG on them and what we liked about the YUKON doll was the fact that he had a MAROON hat on. My son liked the BUMBLE too. They were sold out of the RUDOLPH and CLARICE dolls. They also make a HERMEY, SAM THE SNOWMAN and SANTA CLAUS. The SNOW MISER doll pictured left was sent by NOVA GREENSOCKS! It was handmade from materials at WALMART. Thanks Nova!

~ Rick

Animation Legend Joseph Barbera Dies at age 95
Title card featuring a caricatue of Joe!

Joe passed away of natural causes on Monday, December 18 2006.

CLICK HERE to read the article at foxnews.com.

I was lucky enough to spend some time with JOE BARBERA in his Hanna-Barbera office some years back. He was still passionate about his animation and excited about a recent mention of THE JETSONS in an article about technology. I gave him a copy of the MAD MONSTER PARTY soundtrack CD and he loved it. He remembered RANKIN/BASS with fondness and in fact, STEVE NAKAGAWA worked for both studios. I will never forget meeting BILL & JOE and their animation will live on forever!

~ Rick


Rudolph's Bernard Cowan!
Bernard Cowan diretng cast

BERNARD COWAN is the CBC legend that brought the voice cast together for the classic RANKIN/BASS special RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER! He also supervised the voice casts for the classic MARVEL CARTOONS of 1966 and the SPIDER-MAN series. BERNARD had a wonderful voice himself and was the announcer in the MARVEL CARTOONS and even did the roar of the BUMBLE!

Elliott Cowan His son Elliott is a director and producer in Television Production and has worked in the field for over 20 years. Elliott and I have talked about putting together a MAKING OF RUDOLPH biography and interviewing the entire RANKIN/BASS crew. In the studio. This project has fallen on deaf ears with the companies currently involved with the classic RANKIN/BASS specials BUT there is a possibility of a WARNER BROTHERS RANKIN/BASS DVD box set in 2007 and we have our fingers crossed for that! At any rate, Elliott has some wonderful, RARE RUDOLPH stuff including RARE demos, that deserve to see the light of day. The shot of the guy at the piano is JULES BASS, with LARRY D. MANN (Yukon) behind him and BERNARD just over Larry's shoulder.

Rankin/Bass DVDs Released in Australia!

Terrific news for Australian fans! Steve Mantle emailed us with news that the following Region 4 DVDs are now available down under at Woolworths stores and its subsidiaries!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Year Without Santa Claus
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
The Little Drummer Boy
Frosty the Snowman

Thanks Steve!

Shopping For Rankin/Bass on VHS and DVD?

Many of you have been writing us asking which R/B specials and features are available to purchase either on vhs or dvd. Well, we've supplied an alphabetical list below with hyperlinks where you can easily browse through all of your Rankin/Bass favorites currently available for convenient home viewing!

Click on the pictures below to purchase through Amazon.com!

DVD

Bushido Blade, The

Christmas 3 DVD Gift Set

Daydreamer, The

Easter Bunny Is Comin' To Town, The

Emperor's New Clothes, The

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty's Winter Wonderland

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Hobbit, The

Jack Frost

King Kong Escapes

King Kong Show, The
Volume One

King Kong Show, The
Volume Two

Last Unicorn, The

Little Drummer Boy, The

Mad Monster Party

Marco

Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

Return Of The King, The

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph's Shiny New Year

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas In July

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

Thundercats
Season One Volume One

Thundercats
Season One Volume Two

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Wacky World of Mother Goose, The

Year Without a Santa Claus, The

VHS

Bushido Blade, The

Coneheads, The
(Animated TV Special)

Cricket on the Hearth

Easter Bunny is Comin' to Town, The

Emperor's New Clothes, The

Festival of Family Classics:
Yankee Doodle

First Christmas, The

First Easter Rabbit, The

Flight of Dragons, The

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty's Winter Wonderland

Jack Frost

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Hobbit, The

The Last Dinosaur, The

Last Unicorn, The

Leprechaun's Christmas Gold

Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, The

Little Drummer Boy, The

Little Drummer Boy: Book 2, The

Mad Mad Mad Monsters

Mad Monster Party

Mouse on the Mayflower

Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

Pinocchio's Christmas

Return of the King, The

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph's Shiny New Year

Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

Sins of Dorian Gray, The

Stingiest Man in Town, The

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Wacky World of Mother Goose, The

Wind In The Willows, The

Year Without a Santa Claus, The


Merry Christmas!
- Rick and Mark

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