Saturday, May 01, 2021

George and Van

I have more coming 😁 #thearthurrankinjrscrapbook #booksigning

A CBS TV shot by Jake Barlow (Where I like to relax)


Saturday fun

Saturday fun

book signing

Happy 26th Birthday to Josh!

Mechi-Kong by my friend Darryl Young #kingkongescapes #rankinbassproductions

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Johnny Crawford R.I.P.


A fun CBS TV Shot


Punkin' Puss


Happy 95th to James!

Isn't it Cozy here! πŸ¦‡ Although we briefly touched on it in our blu ray commentary on The Daydreamer, there is a connection between The Munsters and Rankin/Bass Productions. After directing 27 episodes of The Munsters, Rankin/Bass hired Ezra Stone to "Stage the live-action sequences" in this film. Do you remember Herman and Grandpa building Eddie's Go cart and all of the funny fast motion sequences after? That same fast motion technique is used by Ezra throughout The Daydreamer with Jack Gilford, Ray Bolger, etc. #themunsters #ezrastone #Rankinbassproductions #thedaydreamer

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Ann-Margret hits 80!

Happy 80th Birthday to Ann-Margaret! I have an article in this latest issue of ReMind Magazine, available in book stores or you can purchase this issue right here: #Annmargaret #birthday #Georgemaharis #Remindmagazine

A great cartoon by my pal Paul Coker, Jr.!




The Splits

a CBS shot by Jake

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Len Korobkin R.I.P.

Sad news, I got word from Len Korobkin's son Daniel, that my friend Len passed away Monday afternoon (April 26th, 2021). He was a writer on all of the early Rankin/Bass Productions including The New Adventures of Pinocchio and Tales of the Wizard of Oz. Then he moved on to their 1965 feature film Willy McBean and His Magic Machine and was given screen credit for additional dialogue. The most famous Production he is known for, is writing the Rankin/Bass feature film Mad Monster Party? (The only writing credit IMDB gives him credit for? Always incomplete). Len was the one who told me that Forest Ackerman did not participate in the writing and Harvey Kurtzman was brought in at the end, to punch up the humor and add a few gags. When I appeared at The Shag Stores a few years back, I tried to arrange for Len to be there, but the timing did not work out. He was always very nice to me and I made sure he had copies of his work over the years. Daniel says: My dads primary career was as an entertainment lawyer. He had a successful 60+ year career representing artists in the music and film industry. Great husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Pillar of his community in Los Angeles. #Leonardkorobkin #Rankinbassproductions #madmonsterparty

Micro Ventures


Chet Atkins


M & L

Monday, April 26, 2021

This is an early drawing by my late pal, and Rankin/Bass designer, Antony Peters. He did it before Rudolph (which he designed). It is in the collection of Rankin/Bass writer Len Korobkin (Mad Monster Party, Willy McBean and his magic machine, etc). You can easily see how Tony's design for Santa was captured in Animagic in 1964, and then all the later versions of Santa were designed by my dear friend Paul Coker, Jr.. Read more about both in my books and my RetroFan and ReMind magazine articles. #antonypeters #paulcokerjr #rankinbassproductions #Animagic #Rudolphtherednosedreindeer

I appear with all sorts of screen used puppets!

I am old enough to remember when Pro athletes were heroic! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Beautiful 80 degree 🌞 Monday! Signing them up and getting them out! #rankinbassproductions #booksigning


Comic books arrive