It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.... which means it's time for the story of the Prop restoration of one of the original stop-motion Rudophs and Santas from the TV Special.
It's a GREAT story how these screen used pieces survived, even as good as the story behind the survival of the Death Star model, imho.
Screen Novelties News: Rankin/Bass Puppet Restoration
Here are some pics of our dishelveled heros in their former owner's home... played with/displayed for decades!
I love the way they PRESERVED as much of the original armature as possible, and did not try to make the pieces look pristine.
Go here to listen to the NPR broadcast on the restoration.
And here they are, after restoration:
Maybe Tom Spina can give us a little insight?