Messages from OCTOBER 1999!
Name: Lisa
Location: Queens, NY USA
Date: Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 22:18:51
I love your website!! I saw Mad Monster Party as a child and always remembered it fondly on Halloween. I am so thrilled to have a website dedicated to the wonderful world of Rankin-Bass, such a big part of my childhood!

Name:George Alexander Jr.
Location: Detroit, Michigan U.S.of A.
Date: Friday, October 29, 1999 at 15:58:50
I am REALLY glad you have your site up.Now,I can suggest it to everyone who visits my site. I am a fan from WAY back.Especially,MAD monster Party,Nester,the long-earred mule and The Little Drummer Boy.I am truly happy that you've made merchandise available to the fans.Although,now I'll probably go broke! LOL Please keep up the good work and keep us informed of any news and contests you may have.

Name: Tom "Slim Pickens" Frederick
Location: Burbank, ILDate: Friday, October 29, 1999 at 08:17:30
Saw your material on WGN MORNING NEWS this morning....WOW! 2 segments! That was GREAT! A nice Halloween treat and plug for your website! I look forward to seeing you as a guest at Christmas time! Tom Frederick

Name: George Zadorozny
Location: Oldsmar, FL USA
Date: Friday, October 29, 1999 at 00:05:34
Dear Rick and Mark, I have a few choice words for your website. They are: luminous, radiant, dazzling, and marvelous! Not to mention world-class, magnificent, tip-top, and nifty! And let us not forget peerless, fantastic, fascinating, and superb! Thank you for all the tremendous work you've done to preserve and spread the matchless, kindly magic of the Rankin/Bass studio, which, through you, again enchants us all. May Christmas magic come your way! --George Zadorozny

Name: Gary Matheson
Location: Somerville, MADate: Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 17:37:28
Hi Rick and Mark! Picked up the ENESCO/CVS ornaments and these things are perfect! Could they be any better? They are amazing! What a print on MAD MONSTER PARTY the other night on AMC....I couldn't believe my eyes! You could even see the strings and wires they were using to manipulate the props and puppets! THANKS for a GREAT book and site! I recommend the hardcover on the book!

Name: Mike Walsh
Date: Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 10:19:36
Amazing. I was flipping channels the other night and immediatly recognized R/B animation. I had never seen Mad Monster Party and I thought I knew all R/B stuff. This is great. I'll be happy to share all the specials with my kids someday.

Name: Gleison Silva
Location: Washington, DC USA
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 22:07:39
I`m brazilian guy, I remember when I first saw "Mad Monsters Party" in Brazil, I was just a kid, about 20 years ago. I always wanted to see it again, but it was never aired again. Two nights ago I accidentely caught on tv. It was wonderful!!!!! Thanks for this page and for bringing back so many good memories!

Name: Kevin Brooks
Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 21:02:36
Thanks for the very cool site! Brings back great memories...Looking forward to the sound clips. Please include some from Here Comes Peter Cottontail. I've just introduced my 2 year old daughter to R/B and she loves the characters and songs- I'd forgotten how catchy the songs are-now I can't get them out of my head. Hadn't heard of Mad Monster Party till I stumbled across your site last week. Watched it on AMC- thanks! Go Razorbacks!

THANKS Kevin! HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL is an Excellent choice for Soundtrack clips! We have an unedited version of "THE PUZZLE OF LIFE" which is on our collector's CD. Wish I could say I discovered MAD MONSTER PARTY by seeing the AMC broadcast......what a print!

Name:Richard Washington
Location: New York, NY USA
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 12:56:57
Hey Rick! I had wanted to let you know about this by phone, but obviously I couldn't get to ya that way. But anyway, did anybody check out Jules Bass' Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon on the Food Network last night? It seems that Herb (with Jules' help, of course!) is doing a follow-up book, "Cooking with Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon"! Both books are worth checking out. Thought I'd let you know. Later!

Hi Richard! Good to hear from you again! Mr. Bass did tell me about the follow up cook book But the FOOD NETWORK spot is news to us! THANKS for passing that along!

Name: David Durrett
Location: Jacksonville, FL USA
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 09:11:08
Rick-- Congratulations to you and Mark on the fantastic site and your incredible book. I can't believe it's taken someone all these years to fill the niche you've discovered. Every Christmas I've wondered why nobody grabbed the licensing rights to these characters and released ornaments, dolls, and whatever else we’ve been destined to covet since the first specials aired. Surely these are among the fondest of childhood memories for a group that has become very nostalgic and ready to invest in tangible reminders of some really great times. It's great that your book was obviously a catalyst for all this activity. Good luck on your site and on future attempts to unearth even more of the Rankin-Bass oeuvre and stimulate preservation efforts and product development (if it won’t be this year, make sure 2000 is the year of the Miser brothers!). You've made a big difference for all of us, Rick...I really appreciate it. David Durrett

Hi David! We appreciate your kind words! The book and site are intended to give Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass their deserved place in the world of entertainment! Just heard from TV GUIDE today and they will be running a piece in their Holiday issue! I couldn't be happier about the increased quality product based on the characters too. The Miser brothers are just around the corner and I have designed a few things myself.

Name: Gary
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 22:38:40
I stumbled across the AMC showing of Mad Monster Party last night and was instantly hooked. I thought i had all the Rankin/Bass movies and am looking forward to adding (this one) to my collection. Give us more!

Hi Gary! MAD MONSTER PARTY is one of our very favorites! Check out the wonderful soundtrack CD by PERCEPTO?RETROGRADE on our merchandise page! It is excellent and I worked very hard on assembling a 15 page booklet to give some insight to the recording process for a RANKIN/BASS Production! Hail Maury Laws and Jules Bass!

Name: Steve
Location: Las Vegas, NV USA
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 20:05:38
I accidently stumbled across AMC' airing of Mad Monster Party las night and couldn't believe my eyes! I hadn't seen this movie since I was a kid in the early 1970's. I've always remembered it and thought I'd never see it again. I hope it continues to be shown more now. It brought back a lot of good memories from my childhood and think the youngsters of today will probably get a kick out of it too!

Name: jane bonnanzio
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 19:51:19
would love to see the addition of the hobbit and lord of the rings. my kids love those 2 videos, particularly the song "where's there's a whip, there's a way" from the "lord of the rings" tape. i will always have a soft spot for burl ives singing rudolph --- it's very much a part of our christmas celebration at home !

Name:art young
Location: cherry hill, nj united states
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 19:23:58
fantastic site, just saw "mad monster party" and the copy they showed was as good as the theatrical print!!the r/b stuff really takes me back

Name: Danny
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 19:01:10
Hi,Here are some links to some of the new Misfit toy products out there. Playing Mantis misfit toy keychains are at is selling this years set of 6 inch plush misfits on line .The price is $99.99 for all 14 characters and they begin taking orders on Nov.1st and ship after Nov.15th.(With each order you get a small plush misfit keychain exclusive to internet orders) has a bunch of new Misfit Toy books out this year.They have pictures of them on the site. is selling last years 6 inch plush line.Just type in Rudolph in the search section.I dont know if they have the cvs tags on them . On Ebay I have seen the 12 and 24 inch versions of this years misfits as well as Misfit mugs,plates,stockings,table cloths,doorknob covers,and a lot more. Danny

Name: Kim
Location: Vero Beach, FL
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 15:48:30
Your web site is great. I thought I was alone in my Rankin/Bass obsession. I stumbled upon "Mad Monster Party?" on AMC last night. What a treat. I had never heard of it and thought I knew all the Rankin/Bass' works. Your web site just proved me wrong. I look forward to getting you book.

Name: Kathy
Location: Boston, MA USA
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 12:24:20
I'm so happy to find this website! Rankin/Bass is a special part of my childhood (oh, okay -- and my adulthood too!). Maybe someone can give me the definitive answer to a hotly debated question: Is it HerMie or HerBie??? I'm also curious about what happened to all the puppets used in the programs, and whether there's any chance of that type of animated show to be produced again. Thanks to everyone at Rankin/Bass for all the joy!

Name: Dennis
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 12:06:15
So, was the MAD MONSTER PARTY shown last night on AMC the one being offered for sale? It certainly looked terrific. I hope the future DVD looks as good and that it will be shown in its full-screen ratio (the original must be wider than a traditional tv frame, yes?) Did others feel the vocal on the theme song seemed buried way behind the credits' screams and sound effects? I'll be interested to see what you experts have to say, and I'd like to hear more about Rudolph's FAME AND FORTUNE and THE MISFITS' DUET. Why the switch was made in the first place, what's happening now, and why some people prefer one over the other. Again, thanks for this site and all your efforts in keeping these shows available to the public.

Name: Tom Margarites
Location: northbrook , il usa
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 01:58:48
I watched MAD MONSTER PARTY tonight on the AMC network and was blown away by the brilliant colors that, previously to this airing,were always something of a mystery based on the poor quality of previously available video tapes.Unless my eyes decieve me,even last years remasterd rerelease doesn't even come close to this new and vibrant version aired tonight.I'm guessing they achieved this with some new digital colorization process.However they did it,it looks better then I've ever seen it before. Thanks to your hard work in bringing RANKIN- BASS back into the publics eye.(I for one never forgot them) THANKS GUYS AND GOOD LUCK

Name: Charles
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Date: Monday, October 25, 1999 at 22:46:05
Great website! I want to recommend the book by Rick Goldschmidt if you don't already have it. It is incredible!! I wanted to give people some info on where to find merchandise. Today, QVC was selling two sets of six bean bags from Rudolph. Each set cost around $45. It sounds like these were the bean bag characters offered at CVS last year. They claim this is the last production line for these particular characters and then they will be retired. I checked the QVC online site, and they are also selling them there. I pick up a set for myself even though I don't normally collect bean bags. They looked too good to pass up. Keep up the wonderful work on the site!!! Charles

Name: Bob Ashley
Location: Houston, TX USA
Date: Saturday, October 23, 1999 at 01:22:39
Wowee!!!!!!!I just stumbled onto this site by sheer accident and,Good Goly,I will be returning frequently!!!!!!!!!!I grew upa Rankin/Bass kid!Mad Monster Party on AMC in a couple days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Name: Art Carney
Location: Westbrook, CT USA
Date: Saturday, October 23, 1999 at 00:07:34
Hi Rick! THANK YOU for sending me the CD! I haven't listened to it yet, but I will after my wife gets done moving the furniture. Thank You so much and Happy Holidays! Art

Name: m berezin
Location: brooklyn, ny
Date: Thursday, October 21, 1999 at 17:43:33
I just discovered this website, and hope to return frequently. I look forward to seeing some articles on TALES OF THE WIZARD OF OZ, RETURN TO OZ, THE LAST UNICORN, THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS and a detailed biography of Romeo Muller.

Name: Debbie Matthews
Location: Penrith, NSW Australia
Date: Thursday, October 21, 1999 at 00:35:15
I'd just like to say that growing up with the Rankin Bass holiday classics will always hold a special memory in my life. I was overjoyed to discover that I could purchase copies of these artworks over the net, as I had tried countless times before to locate copies within Australia - without much success. It's good to know that these classics touched the lives of many others as well. Thankyou for honouring the Rankin Bass team, keep up the good work!

Name: Fred Sykora
Location: Orland Park, IL
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 16:58:54
Wonderful site...fantastic work Mark....can't wait to hear the sound bites from the movies... keep it coming.

Name: Don Duga R/B Continuity Designer
Location: New York, NY
Monday, October 18, 1999 at 21:52:12
Hey Rick! Your book got me a job at MTV! I designed some snowmen for a NEW 30-second spot for SONY to air soon! Look forward to getting the cd. Keep an eye out for a LAST UNICORN 1-sheet for me! THANKS Rick and Mark! Don

Name: Brit
Date: Friday, October 15, 1999 at 22:32:29
I am 33 years old and have always loved the stop motion films of rankin and bass. I am very happy to find a web page dedicated to their work! Christmas would not be Christmas without their movies.

Location: Baltimore, MD USA
Date: Friday, October 15, 1999 at 11:47:01
Your company has created more happy childhood memories than any other! I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Date: Thursday, October 14, 1999 at 21:46:32

Name: William M. Schaefer
Location: Mtn Home, AR
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 1999 at 14:20:33
My sincere thanks to Rick and associates for a truly impressive website. I'm 34 and Rudolph has been my hero all my life. I'd like to see more about Larry Roemer, Billie Mae Richards and Janis Orenstein soon! Take care.

Name: nellie
Location: medway, ma usa
Date: Saturday, October 9, 1999 at 21:14:10
love the sight, does anyone know what happened to the original puppets?

Name: Michael Hirtes
Location: Council Bluffs, IA USA
Date: Saturday, October 9, 1999 at 19:13:16
Great site! Keeps getting better and better!

Name:Richard Washington
Location: New York, NY USA
Date: Saturday, October 9, 1999 at 11:02:48
Greetings, Rick --- and thanks for alerting me to your website! Now, at last, Rankin/Bass fans worldwide have their own home --- for once! You'll note that I've got a Christmas homepage of sorts. It's called A 15th Anniversary Tribute, and it is the ONLY website devoted exclusively to the last Great Fantasy from producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind --- "Santa Claus: The Movie," featuring Dudley Moore, John Lithgow and (as Santa) David Huddleston. My point, of course, is this: just earned itself a spot in the "Dooley's Links" section of We'll put your site there as soon as possible. Again, let's push for the induction of Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass into the Television Academy Hall of Fame! Swamp the TV Academy with as many letters and e-mails as possible until Arthur and Jules are given that honor! Bottom line: you did excellent with this site. I can't wait to see what you do with it next. On behalf of myself and the inhabitants of Blackbeard's Castle --- good luck, Rick! RANKIN/BASS RULES!

Name: Marianne LLoyd
Location: Sydney, NSW Australia
Date: Friday, October 8, 1999 at 17:15:10
I am 32 yrs old and Rankin Bass has always meant christmas to me.Each year I and My brothers and sister would look forward to the running of all the christmas animations. Now I would love my children to share in this tradition and would love to buy a full set of Rankin Bass on video. Is this available on pal system? Great website, thankyou ! Keep up the great work.

Name:Mark & Michele Mc Reynolds
Location: Chatsworth, CA USA
Date: Friday, October 8, 1999 at 02:41:24
love what you have done on your web site....need to have video clips sound quicktime ect. thanks mark and michele

Name: Kellie
Location: Marina Del Rey, CADate: Thursday, October 7, 1999 at 13:17:29
This is a wonderful site! And I can't wait to see Mad Monster Party this month on AMC. Does anyone know where i can get a copy of the script for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer? Doesn't need to be original. If anyone can help, thanks!

Name:Eric Jacobson
Location: La Crosse, WI USA
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 1999 at 19:22:51
Nice Website. I am wondering, where can I buy the soundtrack to the movie the Hobbit? Please, anyone, email me if you have any information!!!

Name: Jim Mansfield
Location: Boston, MA USA
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 1999 at 19:10:19
Love the site, love R/B. Just bought Mad Monster Party it is very cool. Does any one know where to get a copy of the animagic satire saturday night live did a few years back?

Name: Gertrude Makewater-Freely
Location: Rourke's Drift, Zimbabwe
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 1999 at 23:05:47
Your dizzying display of word and colour can only remind one of Alexander Calder's high-school shop projects. Truly a prodigious effort. Now I can grasp the sort of labour-of-love that drove Margaret Mead to Samoa.Keep on Truckin',and mind those precious bodily fluids. P.O.E.

Date: Sunday, October 3, 1999 at 03:23:28

Name: SID222
Date: Friday, October 1, 1999 at 10:54:57
Beautiful Web Site !!! Looking at this makes my craving for nicotine all worth while !! My lungs wish you a painful death but my brain is admiring the fine work you put into this fountain of information on rankin & bass. Peace, Love & Puppets forever!

Name: Rod Myers
Location: Blmfld Hls, MI usa
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 at 23:45:55
Great site! I am looking for the "World of OZ" TV show episodes on video. Can anyone help me? "...where everyone wears a funny, funny, face..."

Name: Gene Muller
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 at 22:27:31
Rick;Its a great web site! Will get working on material on Romeo

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