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Arthur Rankin Jr.

Highest Rated: 73% Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Lowest Rated: 13% The King and I (1999)

Birthday: Jul 19, 1924

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

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.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
13% 40% The King and I Producer $12M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mumm-Ra Lives Executive Producer - 1987
No Score Yet 70% Wind in the Willows Director - 1987
73% 86% The Last Unicorn Director,
Producer
- 1982
No Score Yet 92% The Flight of Dragons Director - 1982
No Score Yet 35% The Bushido Blade Producer - 1981
67% 38% The Return of the King Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ivory Ape Producer - 1980
14% 36% Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Director - 1980
No Score Yet 41% The Bermuda Depths Producer - 1978
No Score Yet 50% The Last Dinosaur Producer - 1977
69% 65% The Hobbit Director,
Producer,
Production Design
- 1977
No Score Yet 70% The First Christmas: The First Christmas Snow Director,
Producer
- 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marco Producer - 1973
No Score Yet 70% Here Comes Peter Cottontail Director,
Producer
- 1971
93% No Score Yet Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Director,
Producer
- 1970
73% 72% Frosty the Snowman Director - 1969
No Score Yet 42% King Kong Escapes Producer - 1968
75% 60% The Little Drummer Boy Director - 1968
70% 67% Mad Monster Party? Writer (Story),
Producer
- 1967
No Score Yet 40% The Daydreamer Writer (Screenplay),
Producer
- 1966
No Score Yet 60% Willy McBean and His Magic Machine Director - 1965

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet SilverHawks Executive Producer 1986

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