Thursday, July 05, 2007

Could have been so much better!....

About a month ago, I talked about this wonderful documentary SPARKHILL was doing for WARNER BROTHERS for the special edition of THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS DVD....well, it isn't so wonderful anymore. The brilliant WB legal department decided that all of the RARE photos I provided for the piece, shouldn't be used. They said, "no pictures of the puppets and no pictures of the people that made ANIMAGIC happen?" They are so fearful of a lawsuit these days, that they are willing to sacrifice the quality of the product they are putting out there for the fans???? I have supplied similar photographs to GOLDEN BOOKS ENTERTAINMENT and ANCHOR BAY and they were used on several DVDs in the extras, without any problem what so ever.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007



HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! I made this recent purchase for my RANKIN/BASS collection of DOROTHY from RANKIN/BASS' TALES OF THE WIZARD OF OZ. ARTISTIC TOYS made these dolls back in 1961 and they are pretty scarce. I also have SOCRATES THE SCARECROW.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Small world...

My son JOSHUA and I ran into our pal MITCH O' CONNELL and his son LEO at U.S. CELLULAR FIELD at a WHITE SOX game the other night and he took this picture of us at the game. Check out his art at He did the original cover for my ENCHANTED WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS book back in 1996!