Thursday, April 26, 2018

May do a few more big Halloween parties this year 🎃




Rudolph at the zoo

Wednesday Zoo fun!



Wednesday zoo fun!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Spring Chiller Theatre is this weekend! I am hoping to return as a guest in the Fall with these guys for photo ops! The Gumby and Pokey gang with the lunar module too!



The Riddler

Rankin/bass' Frosty the Snowman

Pretty cool 2018 line! Ironically, I don't see Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town yet (My favorite series) #hallmark #keepsake #ornaments #batman #riddler #frostythesnowman #rankinbass

The Heat Miser 2018 at Hallmark! Not sure if I will do another Hallmark tour this year. The Year Without a Santa Claus, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town and Frosty the Snowman are their best Rankin/Bass lines. #Heatmiser #hallmark #rankinbass #rickgoldschmidttour

The Heat Miser 2018 at Hallmark!  Not sure if I will do another Hallmark tour this year.  The Year Without a Santa Claus, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town and Frosty the Snowman are their best Rankin/Bass lines.    #Heatmiser #hallmark #rankinbass #rickgoldschmidttour



Dick Tracy

The Monkees

Tuesday 🌞



Monday, April 23, 2018

Rick Goldschmidt radio interview for armed forces network

I just read this guy's review of the 50th Anniversary blu ray on AMAZON and he hit the nail right on the head! I had to laugh out loud! DREAMWORKS refused to do it the right way! More of the same in 2018!

on November 7, 2014
Ugh! I'd blame The Grinch for making this 50th Anniversary Edition of Rudolph, but that would be an insult to him. Because surely a heart much smaller than the Grinch's was responsible for this huge disappointment. And I'm not convinced the beancounters at Dreamworks have any heart at all.

Could there be any show more deserving of a full-out, no expense spared box set with all the goodies for its 50th anniversary than this beloved holiday classic? I think not. And there are countless millions of fans--50 years worth of them!--who'd happily pay a premium price for that kind of special edition if it had been done right.

What we've gotten instead is this cynical money-grab in which the absolute minimum effort was expended to slap a "50th Anniversary Collector's Edition" label on the box. (Which begs the question: Collector of WHAT?) So here goes...

NO NEW REMASTER: This is the same blu-ray remaster from 2008, complete with the dust, scratches, wavering colors and other artifacts that they failed to remove back then, along with the "Sliver and Gold" audio glitch. Really Dreamworks? You couldn't expend the effort to finally restore Rudolph to its original, pristine condition?

AWFUL EXTRAS: They're mostly SO bad, they're an embarrassment--better to have not included them at all. You get:

* The Rudolph Pop-Up Book: A Sam the Snowman impersonator narrates a heavily abbreviated version of the Rudolph story, accompanied by super low budget animation of a pop-up book with the characters.

* Sam the Snowman's Sing-Alongs: The two scenes from the show featuring the songs Holly Jolly Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are simply replayed here, except the lyrics are superimposed on them. But it gets better: since there are two songs, this is actually listed as two separate "extras." Wow, how generous!

* Learn to Draw: Some Dreamworks animation artist teaches you how to draw three of the characters from the show. 'Cause you were really hoping for that as an extra, right?

* Rudolph Unwrapped: It looks like Dreamworks spent about a dollar to make this, but at least it's entertaining: this extra simply reveals a series of fun and little known facts about the show. Ex: do you know the five different breeds of dogs that pull Yukon Cornelius's sled? I didn't. Or that the time never changes on Sam the Snowman's watch throughout the show--it's always 2 o'clock.

THAT. IS. IT. Unfortunately, you don't have much choice if you want a blu-ray of Rudolph. The first blu-ray, which uses the same remaster, contained no extras at all and sells for more than this 50th Anniversary edition. The best version I've seen for extras is the 2002 Sony Wonder DVD, which has about 45 minutes worth of them. That's also a very good quality remaster, which looks pretty darned good when uprezzed via your blu-ray player or television to high def.

So Happy 50th Birthday, Rudolph! This is no way to treat an elderly reindeer!

This is the one he talks about in the review that you should buy!  This was done the closest to right and looks like it will be for a long time to come too!   It has some decent extras and they used my Rudolph image for the cover and properly credited me.   It also has the name Rankin/Bass on the front cover, when it was removed, Arthur advised them to remove the extra content.

One of the very rare pages from the hardcover edition of our book The Arthur Rankin, Jr. Scrapbook: The Birth of Animagic. Tony Peters was the in-house artist when they were known as Videocraft International and I interviewed him at least a dozen times before his passing. #rankinbass #book #thearthurrankinjrscrapbook #videocraftinternational

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is fresh on my mind!

Don Duga

I talked to Don Duga today.   He has done most of the storyboards for Rankin/Bass Productions.   We have been friends since the early 1990s.   Looks like I will be talking with a lot of my Rankin/Bass related friends today!   It is wonderful to have good friends like that!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday night 🎨

And away we go! Best Buick yet

Sunday night

Toys and Cartoons promo #7

House full of happiness! Wow! I have been in this house for twelve years now (a home owner since 1990) and during that time, Sara became a Doctor of Veterinary medicine and Josh gets his masters in Accounting June 10th! I also have book #5 coming during the holidays of 2018! 😂 Fun stuff!!! #toysandcartoons #seven #April #spring #toys #fun #happy #sensational #cartoons #books

H.R. Pufnstuf

Dr. No

King Creole

Who doesn't love Deputy Dawg?

The birds, the bees and the Monkees

Batman Rally wax commercial

Saturday, April 21, 2018

There is no better Batman 1966 release than the Hot Toys figures! Pow! Bam! Zap!



Mego Batman Batmobile and Batcycle + The Joker 70's Toy TV commercial

Maury Laws

This was a sweet article on my dear friend Maury Laws. That is a first edition of my Rudolph book on his...

keyboards. I heard from Maury a few weeks ago and he is doing well. #maurylaws #rudolphtherednosedreindeer #book #expert #rickgoldschmidt #saturday #weekend #fun #cbs #rankinbass

The Monkees

The Monkees

Got a nice shout out during Mike's facebook live (towards the end)..ordered his book w/ signed photo and will see him June 14th!


Car 54, where are you?



I wish I was a spaceman...