Sunday, November 15, 2009

THE RANKIN/BASS find of 2009

My friend Gary Matheson found this. One of the earliest RANKIN/BASS projects dated 1959 and featuring the art of the late TONY PETERS. RANKIN/BASS (Known as VIDEO CRAFTS at the time) was planning an animated series called WILLY McBEAN & HIS MAGIC MACHINE. The series idea turned into TALES OF THE WIZARD OF OZ and THE NEW ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO. WILLY McBEAN & HIS MAGIC MACHINE was saved for a theatrical release in 1965 in ANIMAGIC. The Parrot seen here eventually became PABLO THE MONKEY in the film.

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