Sunday, December 16, 2018

Fingers crossed!

Fingers crossed!  I am hoping to pick this up and the rest of my books from the printer tomorrow!  There is still time to get it and the others under your tree for Christmas   #themakingofsantaclausiscomintotownandthedaydreamer #new #book #gifts #christmas #dreams #santaclaus #rankinbass 虜❄☃️

Christmas fun!


My friend Rocky from the Southside comic book show had a cool Rudolph sweatshirt on! (Lily's dad)


Lily did some more Rankin/Bass art for me! 🎅

Book signing

Weekend Christmas fun 🎅


We had a good Sunday at Toyz 'n' Cosplay!

Here is the link to my First Light WDCB radio interview from this morning with Brian O' Keefe

Bubble light Batman



It was good seeing Josh this week for lunch at the NBC tower!

I am also on WJQZ 103.5 FM in Wellsville, NY at 6 am with Bob Mangels this morning!

Join me here today and listen to at 7 am to 8 am!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Bishop's Wife in color

Today: StreetWise” WGBB1240AM & 95.9FM (LI/NY) Global/Live/Stream on AM1240WGBB.COM and STREETWISEPRO.COMSAT. 12/15/18 4:30pm (EST)

Lou talked about the song "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" being banned at some nutty radio station in San Francisco and in Canada????  I love talking about these nutty people on these radio shows.   They openly show they are not stable people and then brag about it.   The HUFF POST article about Rudolph was nothing more than "Click Bait"!   No credible people interviewed at all.

They used Antony's art in the 1964 and 1965 GE TV Guide ads

Regarding Tony's art in the ad, you will notice that Sam doesn't have a mustache or beard, as when Tony originally did the designs, Burl wasn't cast yet as Sam and Larry D. Mann performed the dialogue and songs.   Many people ask about Hermey's normal ears and long, blond curl....this was to differentiate him from all the other elves, as he was a misfit and unique.  Many people ask me about the bulb shaped noses of the regular elves.   Yes, this was to reflect a GE Light bulb shape.  Tony designed three Rankin/Bass Christmas carolers in Animagic for a GE Commercial that Rankin/Bass did a few years earlier (Photograph can be seen in my book The Making of the Rankin/Bass Holiday Classic:  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer available at 
) and you can clearly see they all have light bulb shape noses.  He continued this look for the 1964 productions of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Romeo Muller came up with the concept of all the additional characters and my late friend Antony Peters designed them.

Antony Peters, Co-Creator of all of the characters in Rankin/Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

I have been doing a lot of interviews for radio, magazines, etc. this holiday season and I explain how Romeo Muller, Jr., writer of the TV Special created all of the characters in the classic, except for Rudolph and Santa Claus.   This is true, all of the concepts came from the pen of Romeo, but it was visualized by Antony Peters.  Antony and I became great friends before his passing.  He worked at Rankin/Bass Productions when it was known as Videocraft International in the late 1950s.   He always described himself to me as the art kid in the back room.   At any rate, he designed The New Adventures of Pinocchio and The Tales of the Wizard of Oz and the lettering style in the titles,   He even oversaw the animation on OZ at Crawley studios in Canada.   He came up with the original concept of Willy McBean & His Magic Machine and designed all of the characters in Rudolph, which was his last project at Rankin/Bass Productions.  It is his lettering style that was used in the titles (I like the original end titles from 1964 best, which we have now in color).  Tony was a talented artist and designer and we can thank him for the look of the Animagic characters! 


Macy's windows

I got to see State street Thursday too

A Philip Morris Christmas 🎅

Speedy and Buster

Bil Baird

Mr. Bones...Mr. Bones.. ahhh haaa.  Still going through the most recent pile of goodies my pal Lil' Ron Murphy sent along.  He always saves me clippings appropriate for my research and collection 🎅 #whitechristmas #martinandlewis #speedyalksseltzer #peanuts #bilbaird #myersberg #rudolphtherednosedreindeer #riverview #theloneranger

The Lone Ranger and Tonto

Mr. Bones..Mr. Bones...ahhh haaa

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Munsters

From Jorge Baeza

If you LOVE Rankin / Bass' Stop Motion Christmas Specials like I do, ORDER YOUR COPY of the new book: "The Making of Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town and The Daydreamer".There you will also find my latest contribution to this beautiful world -Fred Astaire as S.D. Kluger.

Friday night

Things are hopping!

Still waiting to hear from the printer for book pickup, but will still make Christmas!

The Last Dinosaur ( 1977 ) Theme Song Nancy Wilson R.I.P.

Friday fun!

Christmas fun ☃️


Thursday, December 13, 2018

This Sunday!


My interview was a big hit for many reasons! Here is the link! It will most likely be a part of their Christmas show again this year!

Wgn at 11:05 am

Busy! Busy! Busy!

I will be on “StreetWise” WGBB1240AM & 95.9FM (LI/NY) Global/Live/Stream on AM1240WGBB.COM and STREETWISEPRO.COM SAT. 12/15/18 4:30pm (EST) this Saturday!

 “StreetWise” WGBB1240AM & 95.9FM (LI/NY) Global/Live/Stream on AM1240WGBB.COM and STREETWISEPRO.COM
SAT. 12/15/18 4:30pm (EST)

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