Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Great Ak

Forget Rudolph, The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus is my second favorite Rankin/Bass Production right next to Mad Monster Party. So when asked to contribute some further art to Rick Goldschmidts upcoming Portfolio Anniversary I chose The Great Ak from the stated story.
 Something about that design grabbed me, perhaps its the giant wooden antlers he wears or the Awesome Silver Axe he wields which by the way chopped enemies easily in two in the original book written by Frank L. Baum and not produce lazer beams to minimize angry parents wrath against violence on the screen. Still its a great show I try to watch it every year and really enjoy all the Designs of the Woodland Spirits probably R/B Greatest TV special.