Saturday, June 12, 2021

Carl Banas (92) also voiced Cricket

We have been selling many of these lately!

 I think it is because it covers all of the productions including Silverhawks, Tigersharks, etc.   We added over 200 more pages of color than the original edition released in 1997 and Wes even changed black and white images to color on pages, where it was possible.   Some bought the 15th Anniversary edition (where we added 100 additional pages) and ask if there will be a 25th Anniversary edition, the answer is no.   I am very happy with this 20th Anniversary edition and the response to it is always very positive.   The printer just changed to paper for this edition to a newer slicker paper too.   Even though says softcover, you get a hardcover.   We decided not to do the softcover after all.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Some were asking about the remaining cast of Rankin/Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that are still with us. Alfie Scopp (Charlie-in-the box, fireball) at 102, Corrine Conley (Misfit girl doll) at 92 and Carl Banas at 92 (Foreman elf, spotted elephant). My good pal Bill Giles, who was the sound engineer on the sessions, is still with us too. Corrine did an interview for a 20/20 thing we helped with a few years back and Bill and I did an NPR interview. #Rankinbassproductions #Rudolphtherednosedreindeer

Paladin Friday

Gidget goes surfing

From Susan Costella with my parents (on left) some years back 😁 : Throw Back . Here we are at the Mayors Ball. Probably 1968 or 69 My big updo . Barely cleared the car to get in back in the day! With the Goldschmidts. Best looking cop on the force. Rick , pass to your mom. #Richardgoldschmidt #carolgoldschmidt

Romeo Muller, writer and creator of Rankin/Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and many more

Monday, June 07, 2021


Don Duga R.I.P. My dear friend and Rankin/Bass storyboard artist Don Duga passed away May 31st, 2021 in Riverhead, NY at the age of 87. Don was a great help and is featured in all of my books. Whenever I asked for Don's help, he was there. He worked on many of the big Rankin/Bass productions such as Santa Claus Is Comin' to town, Frosty the Snowman, Mad Monster Party, The Daydreamer and The Last Unicorn. He got his start in animation working at UPA with John Hubley, story boarding on Mr. Magoo. He appeared with Arthur Rankin at the School of visual arts in NY (where he taught) November 20th, 1997, the day my first book was released and signed books. We appeared together at the Museum of television and radio in 2003 and again in Hobokin. He appeared in the Mad Monster Party and The Year Without A Santa Claus documentaries as a favor to me. I tried to get him to Chiller Theatre in New Jeresey, but he became ill when he was to be picked up. All I can say, is what a great and supportive guy he was! Now when you see his name in the Rankin/Bass credits of most of the shows, you know a little about the magic he brought to Animagic! #donduga #rankinbassproductions #storyboarder