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by / Sunday, 13 December 2015 / Published in Announcements

“The Arthur Rankin Jr. Scrapbook” Is
Now Available in a Hardcover Edition

Featuring 126 pages, ALL COLOR, with 24 NEW pages of very rare content just added to this new Hardcover Edition!

Film Maker/Producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. passed away January 30, 2014 at his home in Bermuda. He created such television classics as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, The Little Drummer Boy and The Hobbit. The weekend after his passing, Rankin/Bass historian/Biographer Rick Goldschmidt and his partner Wes Garlatz discovered what was Arthur’s original scrapbook, kept at Dentsu studios in Japan from 1959-1961, when he began his first Animagic production of The New Adventures of Pinocchio (A syndicated TV series in the same stop-motion animation style of Rudolph). In this book, you get the entire never-before-seen scrapbook complete with RARE, behind-the-scenes photographs, articles (some in Japanese), clippings, notes and even Arthur’s original Videocraft International business card. If you have Rick’s other three books on Rankin/Bass Productions, you will want to add this one! It celebrates the life of Arthur Rankin, Jr. from beginning to end.

126 ALL COLOR pages. 8 1/2″ x 11″ Hardcover. Click HERE to order or for more information.

Save Big on Our Book Bundles

Save up to $25 with our book bundles. Choose from our 2, 3 or 4 book bundle. Get all of Rick Goldschmidt’s books, “The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass”, “Rankin/Bass’ Mad Monster Party”, “The Making of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and our new book, “The Arthur Rankin Jr. Scrapbook.”

And with our 2 and 3 book bundles, you can pick the books in your bundle!

Click HERE to order or for more information.

Important Note:

Demand was greater than supply for our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales! Thank You all for making that happen. We have shipped all but a few of the last orders that we are waiting on books for. We will have one last supply of books and T-shirts before the Christmas holiday, so order now to ensure holiday delivery!

Stock on The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass: 15th Anniversary Edition book is now running low. This version has a wrap around cover, extra-thick pages and other features that we will not continue once this stock runs out. This version is better than the original printing from 1997 and copies of that sell for upwards of $300-400. This book will be more valuable in years to come, thanks to the late, great Arthur Rankin, Jr.

“The Art of Rankin/Bass” at the Louisville Slugger Museum

Experience another blast from the past, as “The Art of Rankin/Bass” celebrates the company that created timeless holiday classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerFrosty the Snowman and The Year Without A Santa Claus.

The exhibition features the collection of official Rankin/Bass historian Rick Goldschmidt, with original artwork, collectibles and production stills from the classics, as well as some hidden gems.








Baseball fans will enjoy seeing the rare Rankin/Bass classic Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid featuring the voice of Willie Mays himself.


For information visit http://www.sluggermuseum.com/

Paul Coker, Jr. Appeared with Rick Goldschmidt at the North Dallas Comic Con

Paul Coker, Jr. made a rare appearance with Rick at the North Dallas Comic Con in November.

Paul Coker, Jr. is the man most responsible for the Rankin/Bass look! He designed most of their classic TV Specials, including Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (which celebrates it’s 45th Anniversary this year), Here Comes Peter Cottontail, ‘Twas the night before Christmas and The Year without a Santa Claus (Starring the Heat and Snow Miser).

Paul is also known for his Mad Magazine work and a series of Hallmark Greeting cards. Not only did he design the Rankin/Bass stable of characters, but he also produced the lettering used in the credits and on buildings and signs. He designed all of the Variety magazine and trade ads, seen in our books too.

“Paul Coker’s work was very animatable, where Jack Davis’ art wasn’t translated quite as easily. We decided to do Frosty the Snowman and ‘Twas the Night before Christmas in cel animation, because we wanted that Paul Coker Christmas card look for those stories.” 

– Arthur Rankin, Jr.

Hand Signed Miser Brothers Prints by Paul Coker, Jr.

Direct from the North Dallas Comic Con, we have a Paul Coker Jr., hand-signed Miser Brothers postcard set available to order.

For more information or to order click HERE

Rick and Paul did a recorded interview for NPR which airs December 25 @ 7:00 a.m. EST
Rankin/Bass Holiday TV Specials with host Emma Jacobs

Hand Signed Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass Bookplate Now Available!

RARE, Hand Signed book plates by the two most significant Rankin/Bass designers, MAD (MAGAZINE) MEN Paul Coker, Jr. and Jack Davis. Both legends in the comic world and both have designed multiple TV Specials, films and TV series for Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass. These are hand signed by both artists and Rick will draw Rudolph and sign at the bottom of the card.

Printed on high-quality linen uncoated card stock and hand-signed by Paul Coker, Jr, Jack Davis and Rick Goldschmidt. Sized at 4″ x 9″.

Click HERE for more information.



Rick will be signing his books & Rick’s band,

12:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.



We are very excited to announce that our second Indiegogo campaign is now live! We have some great perks, and this time around we have also teamed with Fractured Atlas, a non-profit 501 (c)3 to help support the arts as well as the documentary. This also means that your contributions are tax deductible! If you are looking for a good cause to make a financial gift to this tax season, please consider supporting The Enchanted World of Rankin-Bass Documentary. We are grateful for any and all support and shares! Please help us spread the word and make this documentary a possibility. Thank you!

For more information click HERE



Rick’s annual interview with Bob Mangels discussing Rankin/Bass’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other Rankin/Bass Holiday specials and things! Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 11 at 8:30 AM in EST

WJQZ-FM (Wellsville)

To discuss the 45th Anniversary of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN and other classic Rankin/Bass Christmas Specials to feature you on our website and weekly podcast “On Screen & Beyond”. I know our listeners around the world would love to hear you talk about those classic productions.
Sunday, December 13 at 9:00 AM CST

On Screen & Beyond with Brian Zemrak

15 minute Internet Radio. Also available as a podcast – on-demand @ batjac.me
Monday, December 14 at 5:00 PM CST

Holiday show on Batjac Profiles Podcast with Rett Nelson

Tricky-Kid podcast. Available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/trickykid-radio-podcast/id1037143088
Tuesday, December 15 at 1:00 PM CST

Tricky-Kid Podcast with Roy Turner

Chat about Santa Claus is Coming To Town and the Rankin/Bass programs
Thursday, December 17 – 9:10-9:30 PM CST

KFIZ AM 1450-K107 FM with Wade Bates

Holiday interview recorded in Dallas at the North Dallas Comic Con 2015
Friday, December 25 at 7:00 AM EST

NPR Morning Show/Marketplace with Emma Jacobs


Holiday show on Batjac Profiles Podcast with Rett Nelson
HERE to Listen

WGN Radio – Dave Plier, Jon Hansen guest host
HERE to Listen

CBS Rebroadcast of Rankin/Bass’ Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Saturday, December 12 @ 7 PM CST on CBS
A Network rebroadcast of Rankin/Bass’ Classic TV Special Produced in ANIMAGIC! To read more and find out about the MAKING OF, be sure to pick up Rick Goldschmidt’s book THE MAKING OF THE RANKIN/BASS HOLIDAY CLASSIC: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER at www.miserbros.com This information is not available on the blu ray or DVD, so learn more about the classic! Still not airing a presentation wothy of this Iconic television classic!