Thursday, November 08, 2012



     “When I set out writing THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS:  A PORTFOLIO, there had been nothing written about the great Producers ARTHUR RANKIN, JR. and JULES BASS.   After several years of putting the book together, Arthur and Jules went through the material and blue line proofs and we had a book that they were very happy with,”  says Rick Goldschmidt.

     In 2012, this book has been taken to a new level of quality, under the guidance of Arthur Rankin, Jr..   Fifteen years of RANKIN/BASS material has been packed into the new 296 page book, many pages in color and beautifully designed by Wes Garlatz.  If you liked the first edition of the book, you will love this edition even more!

     “When I wrote the original book, I put a message in the book, that if anyone has anything that wasn’t in the book, please share it and many did!   Most notably Dale Dunajtsik, Gary Matheson and some wonderful 11th hour photographs from John Ellis.  When I set out to do the original book, it was a huge undertaking that involved going to collectible shows and making lots of phone calls.   The internet was in it’s infancy in the 1990’s.  Since then, I have collected hundreds of photographs, model sheets, collectibles and more.  In the 15th Anniversary edition, we also covered many of the collectibles that came out during the original run of the specials and series (which were limited) and the hundreds (if not thousands) of items that were released after my original book.”

     RANKIN/BASS PRODUCTIONS began holiday traditions with their classic TV Specials that are a tremendous part of the holidays for so many people.  Through intelligent writing, heart, warmth, beautiful designs,  wonderful music, etc., they continue to touch generation after generation.

     “After writing books about how the specials were created with my books THE MAKING OF THE RANKIN/BASS HOLIDAY CLASSIC:  RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER and RANKIN/BASS’ MAD MONSTER PARTY, I wanted to go back to celebrating all of the works of RANKIN/BASS PRODUCTIONS and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it, than with the new book!  I didn’t want to settle for what I have done in the past, I wanted to create a book that was spectacular (Many of the original RANKIN/BASS specials were described as a TV Spectacular)!  Something that people would be ‘wowed’ with!  Of course, I needed lots of help in achieving this and Arthur Rankin and Wes Garlatz were there for me.  We have included an art section with wonderful art by my friends Patrick Owsley, Jim Engel, Matt Pott, Chris Mason and many, many more!  It is packed with material and a sensational value!,” says Rick Goldschmidt.

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