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on 23 June 1998
The author is to be commended on his devotion to one of the most prominent cultural presences of the last 30 years. Because this book is the first of its kind, it is possible to look past the fact that the bulk of the text is thorough and careful plot summary. My guess is that most readers are aware of the plots; and, to those readers whom may not be able to place a plot with a title, for example, a smaller amount of plot summary would suffice. The most interesting moments in the book occur when the author is able to quote members of the relatively-constant group responsible for the productions, including Rankin and Bass. The small photo of the Donner model is a joy. Especially due to the stop-motion animation that comprises much of the Rankin/Bass product, I would have loved to have seen more of the models, the sets, and perhaps scenes from the animating process. I appreciate that Japanese production may make such photos difficult to obtain. Perhaps more pre-production artwork? The author states that the models are in the private collections of Rankin and Bass. Those models which are would make excellent resources for more photographs. Few of the original Rudolph models are still owned by Rankin or Bass. The original Rudolph is owned by a collector overseas. Even though it has wires where its nose used to be, it would be breathtaking to see photographs of Rankin/Bass'es biggest star. To imagine a larger, glossier future treatment of the Rankin/Bass catalog is both easy and delightful. I am grateful to Mr. Goldschmidt for this terrific first step. I will anxiously await the future treatments of Rankin/Bass that I hope he offers.
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on 4 July 1999
This is the greatest tribute I have ever seen!! The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass by Rick Goldschmidt was over a eight year effort, and may I say well worth it. Each project perfectly documented including production stills, rare photos, concept drawings, and fan memorabilia. There's Loads of interviews with Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass, actors, as well as animators and artists who worked on the shows. If that's not enough for you, then maybe 16 pages of color stills and over 400 photos will fill your belly. Covering over 20 years of television series, specials, theatrical releases, not to mention live action movies, this is a must have for any Rankin/Bass fan!
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on 23 August 1999
Rick Goldschmidt has gathered an amazing archive of Rankin/Bass material - an unmatched resource for animation fans and collectors alike. Through interviews with key talent, rare photos and art, Mr. Goldschmidt has created a wonderfull portfolio of the Rankin/Bass studio. Spring for the hardcover, this book is worth it!
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on 27 May 1999
A well deserved tribute to Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass! Great content, fabulous photos and a terrific look at one of the most brilliant production teams in the history of 20th century entertainment! An outstanding job by author Rick Goldschmidt!!
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on 24 August 1999
Pictures and plot summaries aplenty, but very little history, far less insight and absolutely no Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July. How can one possibly forget Ethel Merman in a cowgirl outfit riding an ostrich in a (literally) flying circus?
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