Arthur Rankin Jr. (1924–2014)

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Arthur Rankin Jr. was born on July 19, 1924 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Arthur Gardner Rankin Jr. He was a producer and director, known for Willy McBean and His Magic Machine (1965), The Hobbit (1977) and The Last Dinosaur (1977). He was married to Olga Karlatos. He died on January 30, 2014 in Harrington Sound, Bermuda. See full bio »
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 2011-2012 Thundercats (TV Series) (consulting producer - 18 episodes)
- What Lies Above: Part Two (2012) ... (consulting producer - as Arthur Rankin)
- What Lies Above: Part One (2012) ... (consulting producer - as Arthur Rankin)
- The Soul Sever (2012) ... (consulting producer - as Arthur Rankin)
- Recipe for Disaster (2012) ... (consulting producer - as Arthur Rankin)
- Curse of Ratilla (2012) ... (consulting producer - as Arthur Rankin)
 2011 Butterfly Blues (TV Short) (consulting producer)
 2001 Santa, Baby! (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1999 The King and I (producer - as Arthur Rankin)
 1985-1989 Thundercats (TV Series) (executive producer - 125 episodes)
- The Book of Omens (1989) ... (executive producer)
- Well of Doubt (1989) ... (executive producer)
- The Zaxx Factor (1989) ... (executive producer)
- Touch of Amortus (1989) ... (executive producer)
- Swan Song (1989) ... (executive producer)
 1987 The Comic Strip (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
 1987 TigerSharks (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1987 The Wind in the Willows (TV Movie) (producer)
 1986 Silverhawks (TV Series) (executive producer)
 1985 The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (TV Movie) (producer)
 1983 The Coneheads (TV Short) (producer)
 1983 The Sins of Dorian Gray (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1982 The Last Unicorn (producer)
 1982 The Flight of Dragons (Video) (producer - produced by)
 1981 The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold (TV Short) (producer)
 1981 The Bushido Blade (producer)
 1980 Pinocchio's Christmas (TV Movie) (producer)
 1980 The Return of the King (TV Movie) (producer)
 1980 The Ivory Ape (TV Movie) (executive producer) / (producer)
 1979 Jack Frost (TV Movie) (producer - produced by)
 1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (TV Movie) (producer)
 1978 The Stingiest Man in Town (TV Movie) (producer)
 1978 The Bermuda Depths (TV Movie) (producer)
 1977 Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (TV Movie) (producer)
 1977 The Hobbit (TV Movie) (producer)
 1977 The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town (TV Movie) (producer)
 1977 The Last Dinosaur (producer)
 1976 The Little Drummer Boy Book II (TV Short) (producer)
 1976 Rudolph's Shiny New Year (TV Movie) (producer)
 1976 Frosty's Winter Wonderland (TV Short) (producer)
 1976 The First Easter Rabbit (TV Short) (producer)
 1974 The Year Without a Santa Claus (TV Movie) (producer)
 1974 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (TV Short) (producer)
 1973 Marco (producer)
 1972-1973 Festival of Family Classics (TV Series) (producer - 20 episodes)
- Robin Hood (1973) ... (producer)
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1973) ... (producer)
- Tom Sawyer (1973) ... (producer)
- Robinson Crusoe (1973) ... (producer)
- Alice in Wonderland (1973) ... (producer)
 1972-1973 The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (TV Series) (producer - 4 episodes)
- That Girl in Wonderland (1973) ... (producer)
- The Red Baron (1972) ... (producer - uncredited)
- Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid (1972) ... (producer)
- The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters (1972) ... (producer)
 1972 Kid Power (TV Series) (producer - 1972)
 1972 The Osmonds (TV Series) (producer - 1972)
 1971-1972 Jackson 5ive (TV Series) (producer - 17 episodes)
- A Rare Pearl (1972) ... (producer)
- Rasho-Jackson (1972) ... (producer)
- Jackson Street, U.S.A. (1971) ... (producer)
- The Michael Look (1971) ... (producer)
- Jackson Island (1971) ... (producer)
 1971 Here Comes Peter Cottontail (TV Movie) (producer)
 1970 Tomfoolery (TV Series) (producer - 1970)
 1970 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (TV Movie) (producer - produced by)
 1970 The Reluctant Dragon & Mr. Toad Show (TV Series) (producer)
 1970 The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians (TV Movie) (producer)
 1969 Frosty the Snowman (TV Short) (producer)
 1969 The Smokey Bear Show (TV Series) (producer)
 1968 The Little Drummer Boy (TV Movie) (producer)
 1968 Mouse on the Mayflower (TV Movie) (producer)
 1967 Cricket on the Hearth (TV Movie) (producer)
 1967 King Kong Escapes (producer - US version)
 1967 Mad Monster Party? (producer)
 1966 The Ballad of Smokey the Bear (TV Movie) (producer)
 1966 King Kong (TV Series) (executive producer - 8 episodes)
- The Spacemen (1966) ... (executive producer)
- The Hunter (1966) ... (executive producer)
- The African Bees (1966) ... (executive producer)
- Rocket Island (1966) ... (executive producer)
- The Horror of Mondo Island (1966) ... (executive producer)
 1966 The Daydreamer (producer)
 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV Movie) (producer)
 1964 Return to Oz (TV Movie) (producer)
 1961 Tales of the Wizard of Oz (TV Series) (producer)
 1960 The New Adventures of Pinocchio (TV Series) (producer)
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With Jules Bass, produced and directed 'The Hobbit (1977)(TV)' and 'The Return of the King (1980)(TV)', both of which were later remade as live-action films by Peter Jackson. Both films also feature some casting similarities. Rankin and Bass hired Orson Bean to be the voice of Bilbo, and later Frodo as well. The older Bilbo in Jackson's film is played by Ian Holm, largely on account of his having... See more »


The narrators in his films would always appear on screen as a character and often do at least one song in the film. See more »

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