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Arthur Rankin, Jr. (born July 19, 1924 in New York City) is an American-born, Bermudian director, producer and writer, mostly working in animation.

The son of actor Arthur Rankin, in the early 1960s he founded the film production company Videocraft International (now called Rankin/Bass) with Jules Bass. The two worked closely together for many years, co-directing and producing a wide array of stop motion animated features and cartoons, perhaps most famously the holiday-themed TV specials, such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974 TV special), and Jack Frost. He is also credited with devising the story for many Rankin/Bass productions, including the featurefilms The Daydreamer and Mad Monster Party?.

In 1977 Rankin and Bass produced a version of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The pair also teamed on a wide variety of animated TV series, including ThunderCats and Silverhawks. The pair last teamed on the 1987 TV special based on The Wind in the Willows. Rankin's last producing credit was on the 1999 animated version of The King and I, in which Bass was not involved, since Arthur was a supervising animator in The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron.

Rankin's grandfather was Harry Davenport, perhaps best known as Dr. Meade in Gone with the Wind (1939).

Description above from the Wikipedia article Arthur Rankin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Arthur Rankin, Jr. (born July 19, 1924 in New York City) is an American-born, Bermudian director, producer and writer, mostly working in animation.

The son of actor Arthur Rankin, in the early 1960s he founded the film production company Videocraft International (now called Rankin/Bass) with Jules Bass. The two worked closely together for many years, co-directing and producing a wide array of stop motion animated features and cartoons, perhaps most famously the holiday-themed TV specials, such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974 TV special), and Jack Frost. He is also credited with devising the story for many Rankin/Bass productions, including the featurefilms The Daydreamer and Mad Monster Party?.

In 1977 Rankin and Bass produced a version of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The pair also teamed on a wide variety of animated TV series, including ThunderCats and Silverhawks. The pair last teamed on the 1987 TV special based on The Wind in the Willows. Rankin's last producing credit was on the 1999 animated version of The King and I, in which Bass was not involved, since Arthur was a supervising animator in The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron.

Rankin's grandfather was Harry Davenport, perhaps best known as Dr. Meade in Gone with the Wind (1939).

Description above from the Wikipedia article Arthur Rankin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 44

Birthday 1924-07-19

Place of Birth New York City

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Also Known As

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1987 The Wind in the Willows Director
1985 The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Director
1982 The Last Unicorn Director
1982 The Flight of Dragons Director
1981 The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold Director
1980 Pinocchio's Christmas Director
1980 The Return of the King Director
1979 Jack Frost Director
1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Director
1978 The Stingiest Man in Town Director
1977 Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey Director
1977 The Hobbit Director
1977 The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town Director
1976 The Little Drummer Boy Book II Director
1976 Rudolph's Shiny New Year Director
1976 Frosty's Winter Wonderland Director
1976 The First Easter Rabbit Director
1975 The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow Director
1974 The Year Without a Santa Claus Director
1974 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Director
1972 A Christmas Tree Director
1971 Here Comes Peter Cottontail Director
1970 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Director
1969 Frosty the Snowman Director
1968 The Little Drummer Boy Director
1968 The Mouse on the Mayflower Director
1965 Willy McBean and His Magic Machine Director

Production

2011 Thunder Cats (27 episodes)Producer
1986 SilverHawks (66 episodes)Producer
1985 ThunderCats (141 episodes)Executive Producer (121 episodes)Producer
1983 The Coneheads Producer
1982 The Last Unicorn Producer
1982 The Flight of Dragons Producer
1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Producer
1978 The Bermuda Depths Producer
1977 The Hobbit Producer
1977 The Last Dinosaur Producer
1976 Frosty's Winter Wonderland Producer
1971 Here Comes Peter Cottontail Producer
1970 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Producer
1968 The Little Drummer Boy Producer
1968 The Mouse on the Mayflower Producer
1967 King Kong Escapes Producer
1967 Mad Monster Party? Producer
1966 The Ballad of Smokey the Bear Producer
1966 The King Kong Show (50 episodes)Producer
1966 The Daydreamer Producer
1965 The Beatles (46 episodes)Producer
1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Producer

Writing

1978 The Bermuda Depths Story
1967 Mad Monster Party? Story
1966 The Daydreamer Writer

Acting

1939 The Cisco Kid and the Lady as Second Telegraph Operator
1928 Finders Keepers as Percy

Creator

The New Adventures of Pinocchio Creator
1971 The Jackson 5ive Creator

Art

1980 The Return of the King Production Design
1977 The Hobbit Production Design

Editing

1985 ThunderCats (1 episode)Archival Footage Coordinator

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