Magazine article Variety

REMEMBERED: Arthur Rankin Jr

Magazine article Variety

REMEMBERED: Arthur Rankin Jr

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Arthur Rankin Jr., the animator behind the classic holiday special classic "Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer," the "Jackson Five" cartoon series and dozens of others, died Jan. 30 after a brief illness at his home in Harrington Sound, Bermuda. He was 89.

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. 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."

Other Rankin/Bass holiday specials included "Frosty the Snowman," " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas," "Willy McBean and His Magic Machine" and "Santa Claus Is Cornin' to Town. …

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