On today’s broadcast of “The Freak Power Ticket,” producer/host Ted Coe and special guest Rick Goldschmidt celebrate the art and influence of Rankin/Bass Productions, the company behind the classic holiday television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which marks its golden anniversary this season, along with a number of other stop-motion “animagic” works (The Little Drummer Boy, Mad Monster Party?, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, etc.), cell-animation specials and TV series like Frosty the Snowman, The Hobbit, and The Jackson 5ive, and more.

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Rick Goldschmidt (Photo: 2014 Jake Barlow CBS NEWS, courtesy Mr. Goldschmidt).

Goldschmidt is the official historian of Rankin/Bass Productions, and he has written four full-length books (available at miserbros.com) on the craft and impact of the artistic team assembled by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass during the 1960s through the 1980s.

Their articulated-model animation practices influenced the stop-motion works of Tim Burton (A Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride), Henry Selick (Nightmare, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline), Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox and segments of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou that he created with Mr. Selick), and the Pixar Animation Studios, among others.

The program will feature a pre-recorded interview with Goldschmidt, plus original songs, covers, and audio samples from these works.

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Mad Monster Party? Promo Poster (Courtesy miserbros.com / Rick Goldschmidt)

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the fall from 11am-12noon PST.