Rankin-Bass Animated Films and TV Shows

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1. Thundercats (1985–1989)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A team of humanoid cats fight evil in their adopted home world.

Stars: Bob McFadden, Larry Kenney, Earl Hammond, Lynne Lipton

Votes: 15,497

2. The Flight of Dragons (1982 Video)

Passed | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A young Boston writer goes back in time into an era where wizards and dragon reign and science is just barely known.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Victor Buono, James Gregory, James Earl Jones, Harry Morgan

Votes: 5,200

3. The Last Unicorn (1982)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

70 Metascore

A brave unicorn (Mia Farrow) and a magician (Alan Arkin) fight an evil King (Sir Christopher Lee), who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Alan Arkin

Votes: 23,605 | Gross: $6.46M

4. Silverhawks (1986– )

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Family

A team of cyborgs protects Limbo from Mon Star and his gang.

Stars: Bob McFadden, Earl Hammond, Larry Kenney, Peter Newman

Votes: 2,614

5. The Hobbit (1977 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Orson Bean, John Huston, Theodore Gottlieb, Cyril Ritchard

Votes: 12,190

6. The Return of the King (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Orson Bean, John Huston, Theodore Bikel, William Conrad

Votes: 3,518

7. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees

Votes: 14,605

8. Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Frosty's kind of lonely, so the kids think of making him a wife, Crystal. But will Jack Frost let them be happy?

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Andy Griffith, Shelley Winters, Dennis Day, Paul Frees

Votes: 2,524

9. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver, George Gobel

Votes: 2,539

10. The King and I (1999)

G | 87 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

29 Metascore

Traveling to the exotic kingdom of Siam, English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens soon discovers that her most difficult challenge is the stubborn, imperious King himself.

Director: Richard Rich | Stars: Miranda Richardson, Martin Vidnovic, Christiane Noll, Ian Richardson

Votes: 3,608 | Gross: $11.96M

11. The Wind in the Willows (1987 TV Movie)

TV-G | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Badger, Rat and Mole are trying to save Toad Hall and its owner, their rich irresponsible airhead playboy friend Toad, from himself, as well as financial ruin, the court and a gang of conspiratorial weasels who have their eye on the place.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Charles Nelson Reilly, Roddy McDowall, José Ferrer, Eddie Bracken

Votes: 445

12. The Stingiest Man in Town (1978 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Drama, Family

This version of the story is told from the perspective of B.A.H. Humbug. After Ebenezer Scrooge refuses to assist the poor or have Christmas Dinner with his nephew, he is visited by the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Walter Matthau, Tom Bosley, Theodore Bikel, Robert Morse

Votes: 334

13. Cricket on the Hearth (1967 TV Movie)

TV-G | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A cricket seeks to rescue a poor toymaker and his blind daughter from an exploitative miser.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Danny Thomas, Marlo Thomas, Hans Conried, Paul Frees

Votes: 529

14. The Coneheads (1983 TV Short)

PG | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

In this animated pilot based on the SNL sketch, The Coneheads come to conquer Earth but they soon find themselves becoming domesticated.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Bob McFadden

Votes: 420

15. King Kong (1966– )

30 min | Animation

An animated series about the adventures of King Kong and his young pal Bobby Bond. Also featured were the adventures of "Tom of T.H.U.M.B.", a 6" tall secret agent.

Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Carl Banas, Susan Conway, John Drainie

Votes: 127

16. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1973)

60 min | Animation, Family

Animated version of Jules Verne's classic. Teacher and sailor, hired by US Government to destroy a submarine monster, are captured by Captain Nemo and taken to a fantastic adventure underseas on Nautilus submarine.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Star: Bernard Cowan

Votes: 90

17. The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972–1974)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie - renamed The New Saturday Superstar Movie in its second season - is a series of one-hour animated TV-movies (some of which also contained live action), ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Messick, Joan Gerber, John Stephenson, Richard Long

Votes: 77

18. The First Easter Rabbit (1976 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A beloved toy stuffed rabbit is rescued by a fairy to be the first Easter Rabbit.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Burl Ives, Robert Morse, Stan Freberg, Paul Frees

Votes: 200

19. Mouse on the Mayflower (1968 TV Movie)

TV-G | 45 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Mayflower journey as see through the experiences of a church mouse.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Tennessee Ernie Ford, Eddie Albert, John Gary, Joanie Sommers

Votes: 136

20. Jackson 5ive (1971–1973)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The animated musical adventures of the Jackson brothers.

Stars: Joel Cooper, Donald Fullilove, Mike Martinez, Edmund Sylvers

Votes: 230

21. The Osmonds (1972– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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Stars: Paul Frees, Alan Osmond, Donny Osmond, James A. Osmond

Votes: 45

22. Tales of the Wizard of Oz (1961– )

Animation, Comedy, Family

This 150-episode series of shorts chronicles Dorothy's long stay in the land of Oz. The Munchkins are portrayed as tiny globs; the Scarecrow is a fool named Socrates; the Tin Woodman is a ... See full summary »

Stars: Carl Banas, Corinne Conley, Peggi Loder, Larry D. Mann

Votes: 91

23. Return to Oz (1964 TV Movie)

51 min | Animation, Family, Musical

Rather than adapt a later or create a new Oz story, this production has Dorothy still in posession of the shoes, and she clings to an apple tree during a tornado which takes her back to Oz.... See full summary »

Directors: F.R. Crawley, Thomas Glynn, Larry Roemer | Stars: Larry D. Mann, Alfie Scopp, Carl Banas, Susan Morse

Votes: 131

24. The Wacky World of Mother Goose (1967)

81 min | Animation, Family, Musical

Animated feature film based on Charles Perrault's stories and nursery rhymes. It features Humpty Dumpty, The Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe, and the Crooked Man.

Director: Jules Bass | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Bob McFadden, Susan Melvin, Bradley Bolke

Votes: 150

26. The Comic Strip (1987–1988)

TV-G | Animation, Family, Comedy

Animated anthology series featuring four different segments.

Stars: Donald Acree, Josh Blake, Camille Bonora, Gary V. Brown

Votes: 64

28. Santa, Baby! (2001 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation

Songwriter Noel is struggling to write a hit song, and so he takes his frustrations out on his family. His daughter Dakota is granted one wish for doing a good deed and she wishes that her ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Dannacher | Stars: Gregory Hines, Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Williams, Eartha Kitt

Votes: 69

29. Tomfoolery (1970– )

24 min | Animation

Tomfoolery was an animated cartoon series based on the nonsense poetry of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll. There were several recurring characters, including the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo from the ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Hawkins, Bernard Spear

Votes: 32

30. The Smokey Bear Show (1969–1971)

30 min | Animation

Smokey Bear recalls his adventures and misadventures as a cub, growing in the forest with his friends, always threatened by fire.

Stars: Carl Banas, Billie Mae Richards, Paul Soles, Jackson Weaver

Votes: 17

31. Kid Power (1972– )

Animation, Comedy, Family

Based on the comic strip "Wee Pals" by Morrie Turner, this half-hour animated ABC series followed the Peanuts-like adventures of the "Rainbow Club," a group of multi-racial kids. Each show ... See full summary »

Stars: Donald Fullilove, Joan Gardner, Michele Johnson-Murray, Jay Silverheels Jr.

Votes: 34

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