Harper Publishing. The author is also the cover artist and interior illustrator.
American International Pictures.
This was one of the really weird holiday specials that Rankin/Bass Productions made after their success with 1964’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Yes, this is the one with dinosaurs.
And, whaddya know? Frank Gorshin (The Riddler from the 1960’s “Batman”) was in this.
Children today cannot truly comprehend the meaning of the term “Christmas special.” Netflix, Hulu and Youtube (not to mention pirated movie sites) now make “specials” available at leisure. There was a time, kids, when the program you see below was an event unto itself. It aired once a year. If you missed it, then you missed it. (I never did.)
I remember loving most of this, and being allowed a bowl of either chocolate or coffee ice cream from the box in the freezer. (Did anybody else grow up with coffee ice cream?)
You know what would be a very marketable idea? Making a toy line that reproduces the “Misfit Toys.” People would buy those.