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Arthur Rankin Jr., the man responsible for the most beloved stop-motion of the '60s and '70s, has died. Along with fellow producer-director Jules Bass, the animator redefined what an entire generation of American families watch at Christmas. Using their signature combination of painstaking cel-animation and a lot of whimsy, the two brought to life beloved classics like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rankin was 89 years old when he passed away in his Bermuda home on Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter writes.Below, watch some favorite moments from the Ranking/Bass catalogue, along with a rare interview in which Rankin discusses his successful creative process. Certainly, we'll remember him fondly every time these specials air. »
- Delia Paunescu
The man whose animated holiday TV specials have touched generations of fans died Thursday at his home in Bermuda. Arthur Rankin Jr was 89. His death was reported by local newspaper The Royal Gazette. With his partner Jules Bass, Rankin mined popular Christmas songs to create enduring stop-motion TV classics including Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) — which beat The Voice and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the 18-49 demo when CBS aired it Thanksgiving Eve last year – The Little Drummer Boy (1968), Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (1970) and The Year Without A Santa Claus (1974). The Jimmy Durante-narrated Frosty The Snowman (1969) was done in tradition cel animation and was the first of their Christmas specials done as a half-hour rather than an hour. Rankin and Bass founded their company in 1960 as Videocraft International, and the name was changed to Rankin/Bass Productions eight years later. They also produced plenty of non-holiday fare as well, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Arthur Rankin Jr., the animator behind the classic holiday special classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the “Jackson Five” cartoon series and dozens of other productions, died Thursday at his home in Harrington Sound, Bermuda. He was 89.
Rankin’s death was reported by Bermuda’s Royal Gazette.
With his partner Jules Bass, Rankin ran the prosperous Rankin/Bass production banner that was behind a slew of specials and cartoon series from the early 1960s through the late 1980s.
The company was a pioneer in the use of stop-motion animation, which gave a distinctive look to its 1964 “Rudolph” special (pictured). Rankin/Bass also made a point of recruiting notable actors for its vocal talent, including Burl Ives for the Sam the Snowman role in “Rudolph.”
A native of New York to parents who were actors, »
- Variety Staff
Arthur Rankin Jr., the animator, producer and director behind the whimsical holiday stop-motion TV specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, has died. He was 89. Rankin died Thursday at his home by Harrington Sound in Bermuda, The Royal Gazette newspaper reported. In the early 1960s, Rankin and Jules Bass founded the film production company Videocraft International (now called Rankin/Bass Productions). Their stop-motion, cel-animated features were painstaking to make and known for their doll-like characters. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Their first production was the syndicated TV series The New Adventures of
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