70°

Topics

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (tv program)
Arthur Rankin Jr. made our holidays a little more animated
Arthur Rankin Jr. made our holidays a little more animated

Arthur Rankin Jr., the Rankin of Rankin/Bass Productions, makers of holiday specials and sundry other animated goods, died Jan. 30, age 89, in Bermuda, where he had lived for many years, under the tropical rule of Heat Miser. That for many of you the end of the preceding sentence will need no explanation is a testament to the mark Rankin made on the culture. (Even, by extension, those who think I am talking about Elliott Smith's first band.) The rest of you, read on. The son and grandson of actors, Rankin had worked as an art director at ABC before joining with former ad man Jules Bass in the early 1960s to form Videocraft International, later Rankin/Bass, to make animated TV shows,...

Loading