An Animation Legend Passes On
|Do you recognize this? You should. You've seen it enough times.|
|Yes, Arthur Rankin Jr., this is about you.|
|That is Arthur Rankin at the piano at left, in Toronto 1964. You've heard their work.|
|Arthur Rankin Jr. hard at work|
Videocraft started out in 1960 with a syndicated tv series called "The New Adventures of Pinocchio." There were 130 five-minute chapters which ultimately were combined to make 25-minute episodes of five chapters each. It wasn't much, but it started the ball rolling. It has gathered force ever since.
We're getting closer to why a casual tv viewer might remember Mr. Rankin, but we're not quite there yet.
Other tv projects followed, including "The Ballad of Smokey the Bear" (1966), "The Wacky World of Mother Goose" (1967), "Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town" (1970), "The Little Drummer Boy" (1968), "The Year Without a Santa Claus" (1974) and the 1980s animated series "Thundercats." Rankin and Bass also directed "The Last Unicorn" (1982) starring Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Alan Arkin, and Robert Klein.
Rankin also produced and directed episodes of the animated series "Jackson 5ive" in the early 1970s and directed an animated version of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1973). Arthur Rankin Jr. has lots of other credits, too many to list.
By this time, many will have figured out who Arthur Rankin was. There might be one or two, though, who are still wondering why on earth there is a post about some minor animator from long ago.
|"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."|