Sunday, November 12, 2006
RANKIN/BASS THANKSGIVING memories!
With THANKSGIVING coming up...many RANKIN/BASS Fans think about the RANKIN/BASS TV Classic MOUSE ON THE MAYFLOWER (I actually have that special with the McDonald's commercials off the master tapes) BUT I like to remember the 1966 TV Classic THE BALLAD OF SMOKEY THE BEAR shot in wonderful ANIMAGIC with music by JOHNNY MARKS! I love the ANIMAGIC look and I have a perfect NBC GENERAL ELECTRIC FANTASY HOUR print of the special! JAMES CAGNEY did the storytelling and it is a long lost BUT beautifully done special. SMOKEY was even featured in the MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY Parade that year and the special aired on THANKSGIVING DAY (I was one years old, so I don't remember that).