- Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Arthur Rankin, Jr. (born
July 19, 1924in New York City) is an American-born, Bermudian director, producer and writer, mostly working in animation.
The son of actor [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0710233/ 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 motionanimated features and cartoons, perhaps most famously the holiday-themed TV specials, such as " Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", " Rudolph's Shiny New Year", " The Year Without a Santa Claus" and " Frosty the Snowman". He is also credited with devising the story for many Rankin/Bass productions, including the feature films " 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.
Rankin's grandfather was
Harry Davenport, perhaps best known as Dr. Meade in "Gone with the Wind" (1939).
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