Arthur Rankin, Jr. (born July 19, 1924) 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 WIllie Mcbean and his Magic Machine, 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… read more