Arthur Rankin Jr.

One half of the celebrated animation production company Rankin/Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr. produced and directed some of the longest-running, universally adored holiday animated specials, including "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed ... Read more »
Born: 07/19/1924 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (25)

Pinocchio's Christmas 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wind in the Willows 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

The Coneheads 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

The Last Unicorn 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Jack Frost 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Director

Pinocchio's Christmas 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Director

The Little Drummer Boy, Book II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director

The First Christmas Snow 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Director

The Year Without a Santa Claus 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director

The Osmonds 1970 - 1974 (Tv Show)

Director

The Reluctant Dragon and Mr. Toad 1970 - 1974 (Tv Show)

Director

Willy McBean and His Magic Machine 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Frosty the Snowman (TV Show)

Director

Frosty's Winter Wonderland (TV Show)

Director

Here Comes Peter Cottontail (TV Show)

Director

Rudolph's Shiny New Year (TV Show)

Director

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (TV Show)

Director

The First Easter Rabbit (TV Show)

Director

The Hobbit (TV Show)

Director

The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold (TV Show)

Director
Producer (23)

Santa, Baby! 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The King and I 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Comic Strip 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Pinocchio's Christmas 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Silverhawks 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Thundercats 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Last Unicorn 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bushido Blade 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Bermuda Depths 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

The Bermuda Depths 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Jackson Five 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Producer

Marco 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tomfoolery 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mad Monster Party 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Daydreamer 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Willy McBean and His Magic Machine 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Here Comes Peter Cottontail (TV Show)

Producer

Kid Power (TV Show)

Producer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV Show)

Producer

The Ivory Ape (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Last Dinosaur (TV Show)

Producer

The New Adventures of Pinocchio (TV Show)

Producer

The Sins of Dorian Gray (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (4)

The Bermuda Depths 1977 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Daydreamer 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Willy McBean and His Magic Machine 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fish (TV Show)

Writer
Art Department (1)

The Last Unicorn 1982 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Biography

One half of the celebrated animation production company Rankin/Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr. produced and directed some of the longest-running, universally adored holiday animated specials, including "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (NBC, 1964) and "Frosty the Snowman" (CBS, 1969), as well as "The Hobbit" (NBC, 1977) and weekly series like "ThunderCats" (syndicated, 1985-89). Rankin/Bass's stop-motion "Animagic" process imbued their efforts with a level of wonder and technical finesse that was underscored by the charm and genuine warmth of their stories, which often surpassed the fabricated emotions of bigger-budgeted studio and network efforts. Rankin/Bass produced an enormous array of animated projects between 1964 and 1987, as well as several live-action features and TV films, though none of these were held in the same regard as their holiday specials, which became an essential part of the season itself through yearly screenings, generation after generation. Arthur Rankin, Jr.'s best work with Jules Bass was not unlike the holiday itself: magical, moving and altogether memorable.

Relationships

Harry Davenport Actor

Grandfather

Marian Mansfield Actor

Mother

Arthur Rankin Actor

Father

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