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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Part 2: Beginning of Rankin Bass, Expanding the Song, Japanese Puppeteering, and TV Airing

“Rudolph, with your nose so bright, will you guide my sleigh tonight?” We get to the point where Arthur Rankin… read more Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Part 2: Beginning of Rankin Bass, Expanding the Song, Japanese Puppeteering, and TV Airing

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Part 1: Stop Motion Animation, From a Department Store to the North Pole, Nazi-Hunting Songwriter and a Singing Cowboy

“Whats the matter with misfits, thats where we fit in!” Time to dive into the stop motion world of Rankin/Bass!… read more Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Part 1: Stop Motion Animation, From a Department Store to the North Pole, Nazi-Hunting Songwriter and a Singing Cowboy

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The Ref Part 2: Jerry Bruckhiemer, From an A$$H0!E to Actor, Alternate Ending and Almost Cult Status

“Hey! The only one who yells is me!” Film Producer Jerry Bruckhiemer was about to come on because of…NASCAR. Denis… read more The Ref Part 2: Jerry Bruckhiemer, From an A$$H0!E to Actor, Alternate Ending and Almost Cult Status

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The Ref Part 1: Christmas…in March, Richard Lagravenese, The Fisher King, and a 20 Minute Pitch

“You know what this family needs? A mute” Writer Richard Lagravenense, who was raised in New York, wanted to be… read more The Ref Part 1: Christmas…in March, Richard Lagravenese, The Fisher King, and a 20 Minute Pitch

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Mickey’s Christmas Carol Part 2: Team of Animators, Getting Donald Back, Beating the Smurfs and TV Airings

“One hundred gold pieces, and not a penny more!” Burny not only gathered his best crew, he assigned people to… read more Mickey’s Christmas Carol Part 2: Team of Animators, Getting Donald Back, Beating the Smurfs and TV Airings

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Mickey’s Christmas Carol Part 1: Decline of Animation, Burny Mattinson’s Rise and the Return of Mickey

“If I give money to the poor, then they won’t be poor anymore” At a point when Disney was putting… read more Mickey’s Christmas Carol Part 1: Decline of Animation, Burny Mattinson’s Rise and the Return of Mickey

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Holiday Inn Part 2: Bing and Fred Together, Pearl Harbor, Fireworks and Controversial Lincoln

Open Holidays Only! Irving Berlin was now ready to work with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire to bring his story… read more Holiday Inn Part 2: Bing and Fred Together, Pearl Harbor, Fireworks and Controversial Lincoln

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Holiday Inn Part 1: Irving Berlin’s Success, Birth of White Christmas, and Bing Crosby, the First Multimedia Star

Don’t Ask Why. Just go and God Bless America. Irving Berlin went from being the youngest of eight children to… read more Holiday Inn Part 1: Irving Berlin’s Success, Birth of White Christmas, and Bing Crosby, the First Multimedia Star

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Home Alone Part 2: Daniel Stern Fired, Production Shut Down, Joe Pesci’s Swear Jar and getting John Williams

This is it! Don’t get scared now. At the start of production in Winnetka, Illinois, Home Alone seemed to have… read more Home Alone Part 2: Daniel Stern Fired, Production Shut Down, Joe Pesci’s Swear Jar and getting John Williams

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Home Alone Part 1: John Hughes, Script, Hiring Chris Columbus, and Casting a Culkin

Peter! We slept in! John Hughes was in a point in his career where he would exit directing to focus… read more Home Alone Part 1: John Hughes, Script, Hiring Chris Columbus, and Casting a Culkin