Arthur Rankin, Jr.

Birthday:
07/19/1924
Place of birth:
New York City:
Biography:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Arthur Rankin, Jr. (born July 19, 1924 in New York City) was 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.

Credits

The Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939)
as Second Telegraph Operator
Finders Keepers (1928)
as Percy
The Wind in the Willows
Director
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus
Director
The Coneheads
Producer
The Coneheads
Director
The Sins of Dorian Gray
Executive Producer
The Last Unicorn
Director
The Last Unicorn
Producer
The Last Unicorn
Production Design
The Flight of Dragons
Director
The Flight of Dragons
Producer
The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold
Director
Pinocchio's Christmas
Director
The Return of the King
Director
The Return of the King
Production Design
Jack Frost
Director
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
Director
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
Producer
The Stingiest Man in Town
Director
The Bermuda Depths
Story
The Bermuda Depths
Producer
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
Director
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
Producer
The Hobbit
Director
The Hobbit
Producer
The Hobbit
Production Design
The Last Dinosaur
Producer
The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town
Director
The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town
Producer
The Little Drummer Boy Book II
Director
Rudolph's Shiny New Year
Director
Rudolph's Shiny New Year
Producer
Frosty's Winter Wonderland
Director
Frosty's Winter Wonderland
Producer
The First Easter Rabbit
Director
The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow
Director
The Year Without a Santa Claus
Director
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Director
Marco
Producer
That Girl in Wonderland
Director
A Christmas Tree
Director
The Red Baron
Director
Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid
Director
Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid
Producer
The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters
Director
The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters
Producer
The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes
Director
The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes
Producer
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Director
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Producer
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Director
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Producer
The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians
Director
Frosty the Snowman
Director
The Little Drummer Boy
Director
The Little Drummer Boy
Producer
The Mouse on the Mayflower
Director
The Mouse on the Mayflower
Producer
The Wacky World of Mother Goose
Story
キングコングの逆襲
Producer
Mad Monster Party?
Story
Mad Monster Party?
Producer
The Ballad of Smokey the Bear
Producer
The Daydreamer
Writer
The Daydreamer
Producer
Willy McBean and His Magic Machine
Director
Willy McBean and His Magic Machine
Writer
Willy McBean and His Magic Machine
Producer
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Producer
Return to Oz
Producer

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