Yello80s Christmas Eve Marathon: Twas the Night Before Christmas

This ‘regular’ animated special (read: non-puppet) from Rankin-Bass finds a clockmaker trying to fashion a fancy clock to prove to Santa the town still needs him after a brat mouse writes a Christmas letter telling him to buzz off,  It has some really cute songs and is another one of those specials that looks dated but still deserves more airtime than it gets. Rankin-Bass Productions: Twas the Night Before Christmas courtesy CHRISTMASjoy365

Advent Countdown Day 6: Antony Peters of Rankin/Bass

Antony Peters, an early Rankin & Bass employee came back from the army in 1958 and started as a writer in the New Adventures of Pinocchio. He also did storyboards for the Japanese animators in Pinocchio as well as the Wizard of Oz also by Rankin/Bass. Tony’s storyboards were used in the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer General Electric product commercials aired during the first Rudolph broadcast in 1964 and he was one of the artists responsible for the unique look of Rankin/Bass productions that would be carried out on future productions after he left the company. On a side note, Tony’s wife Adrian is the creator of the sound film strips for many talking toys including nearly every Sesame Street talking toy up into the early 2000s. *Get the most exhaustive book on the history and production of Rudolph on RankinBass.com:  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Making of the Rankin/Bass Holiday Classic by Rick Goldschmidt. Chock full of photographs, production notes and the original 1963 screenplay!

Rick Goldschmidt tells all behind Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Kindle Edition courtesy Amazon.com
Kindle Edition courtesy Amazon.com
I knew Rudolph was a popular holiday special and this year’s 50th anniversary is really special considering when it debuted in 1964 TV was nowhere near the household fixture it is today and animation has no limits these days it seem. To stand the test of time is one thing but to stay within the top 10 tv specials of all time is really doing something. I know many viewers are curious about the process of filming with Rankin /Bass shows (I’ve always wanted to know how they make the eyes blink and cry- what’s the substance exactly?) and there isn’t much out there on this specifically so I’m going to make a shameless plug for the definitive volume on Rudolph: The Making of the Rankin/Bass Holiday Classic:  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Rick Goldschmidt   and The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass  by Rick Goldschmidt I’ve read the latter and it’s a must for any Rankin/Bass fan with a wealth of info on all their productions so there’s bound to be some obscure show or special you discover for the first time! The Rudolph book right now is available on Kindle through Amazon and also in an exclusive hardcover edition with your choice of covers on the Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass’s site through Miser Bros Press. I absolutely recommend these books for any Rudolph fan’s Christmas list- I think I’m going to add one to mine today! Source: TVparty

Forgotten retro films

I was looking for something totally different on YouTube and stumbled across Mrdendeo’s channel- SUBSCRIBE! So excited- ran across this collection of ‘forgotten’ animated film trailers and some of them seem dimly familiar but I have GOT to get ahold of Rock and Rule– see if you recall any of these gems and dig the old Warner logo too 🙂 If you haven’t seen this version of the Hobbit definitely check it out- this was the Bass & Rankin production and it’s really something to see. Retro Forgotten Animated Films 70’s 80s pt 1. courtesy Mrdendeo