Arthur Rankin, Jr.

Arthur Rankin, Jr. Trailers

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Arthur Rankin, Jr. (born July 19, 1924 in New York City) is an American-born, Bermudian director, producer and writer, mostly working in animation. The son of actor 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 motion animated features and cartoons, perhaps most famously the holiday-themed TV specials, such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974 TV special), and Jack Frost. He is also credited with devising the story for many Rankin/Bass productions, including the featurefilms 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, since Arthur was a supervising animator in The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron. Rankin's grandfather was Harry Davenport, perhaps best known as Dr. Meade in Gone with the Wind (1939).

Most Popular Arthur Rankin, Jr. Trailers

Total trailers found: 34

The Last Unicorn Trailer (1982)

19 November 1982

From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer Trailer (1964)

06 December 1964

Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his glowing nose, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector.

The Return of the King Trailer (1980)

11 May 1980

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

Frosty the Snowman Trailer (1969)

07 December 1969

A discarded silk top-hat becomes the focus of a struggle between a washed-up stage magician and a group of schoolchildren, after it magically brings a snowman to life.

The Hobbit Trailer (1977)

27 November 1977

Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit was just minding his own business, when his occasional visitor Gandalf the Wizard drops in one night.

The Little Drummer Boy Trailer (1968)

19 December 1968

In this touching Christmas classic a young orphaned drummer boy is kidnapped. After he escapes he searches for his camel and finds him in the Nativity of the Baby Jesus.

The Year Without a Santa Claus Trailer (1974)

10 December 1974

Feeling forgotten by the children of the world, old St. Nick decides to skip his gift-giving journey and take a vacation.

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Trailer (1970)

14 December 1970

A postman, S.D. Kluger, decides to answer some of the most common questions about Santa Claus, and tells us about a small baby named Kris who is raised by a family of elf toymakers named Kringle.

King Kong Escapes Trailer (1967)

22 July 1967

King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task.

Frosty's Winter Wonderland Trailer (1976)

02 December 1976

Years have passed since Frosty left for the North Pole, but his promise is kept when he hears news of the first snowfall of the season, and decides to return.

The Bermuda Depths Trailer (1978)

27 January 1978

Scientists investigating the briny deep are threatened by a giant turtle and the spirit of a young brunette swimmer in the Bermuda Triangle.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas Trailer (1974)

08 December 1974

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.

The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold Trailer (1981)

23 December 1981

The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold Sent in search of a Christmas tree, cabin boy Dinty Doyl lands on a mysterious, uncharted Irish island where he accidentally releases a bad-tempered banshee from her pinetree prison.

The Flight of Dragons Trailer (1982)

17 August 1982

The realm of magic is being threatened by the realm of logic, so Carolinus, the green wizard decides to shield it for all time.

The Wind in the Willows Trailer (1987)

05 July 1987

This made-for-television animated film was directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.

Rudolph's Shiny New Year Trailer (1976)

10 December 1976

Rudolph must find Happy, the baby new year, before the midnight of New Year's Eve.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail Trailer (1971)

04 April 1971

Peter Cottontail wants to be the #1 chief Easter Bunny, and everyone in April Valley agrees...except for Evil Irontail.

Jack Frost Trailer (1979)

13 December 1979

In this delightful animated tale, Pardon-me Pete (Buddy Hackett), the official groundhog of Groundhog Day, tells the story of Jack Frost, who falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begs Father Winter to make him human so that she can see him.

The Last Dinosaur Trailer (1977)

07 July 1977

An aging big game hunter takes on the ultimate challenge - the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Trailer (1979)

01 July 1979

Long ago the Lady Borealis placed the evil Winterbolt under a magic spell, and put the last of her magic into the nose of a newborn reindeer: Rudolph.

The Daydreamer Trailer (1966)

01 June 1966

A fictional account of a teen-aged Hans Christian Anderson. In this film, young Hans runs away from home and each time he falls asleep he experiences in his dreams the different characters he would later write about including The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling.

The Mouse on the Mayflower Trailer (1968)

23 November 1968

The famous ship called Mayflower is trapped amidst a huge storm. The entire story is narrated by a church-mouse called Willum, from his viewpoint.

The Little Drummer Boy Book II Trailer (1976)

13 December 1976

Aaron, the drummer boy, struggles to protect a bellmaker's great silver bells from seizure by Roman s

Pinocchio's Christmas Trailer (1980)

03 December 1980

Geppetto prepare for Christmas, Pinocchio joins a puppet show to earn money for a present. There he meets and elopes with the beautiful girl puppet Julietta, leaving Geppetto alone and worried.

The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town Trailer (1977)

06 April 1977

The Mailman decides to stop another deluge of letters by answering questions about the Easter Bunny: Sunny, a baby rabbit found and adopted by Kidville (a town of only kids--even a kid mailman).

The Cisco Kid and the Lady Trailer (1939)

29 December 1939

An orphan whose father has been killed by bandits inherits a mine. Cisco saves the mine and the child and also finds the child's real mother.

Willy McBean and His Magic Machine Trailer (1965)

23 June 1965

Little Willy McBean joins up with a Mexican monkey named Pablo to travel back in time and stop the evil Prof.

Finders Keepers Trailer (1928)

18 February 1928

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The Stingiest Man in Town Trailer (1978)

23 December 1978

This cartoon version of A Christmas Carol hails from the production house of Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass--the team that brought you just about every other Christmas special you saw as a kid (including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer).

The First Easter Rabbit Trailer (1976)

09 April 1976

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

Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey Trailer (1977)

03 December 1977

Nestor the donkey is a bit of an oddity--his long ears are enough for six donkeys and stretch all the way to the ground.

The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow Trailer (1975)

19 December 1975

A young shepherd, Lucas, is blinded by lightening, and some kindly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in.

The Coneheads Trailer (1983)

28 June 1983

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

The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus Trailer (1985)

17 December 1985

The Great Ak calls a council of the Immortals to ask that Santa Claus be given immortality. And to justify it, he tells the history of Santa Claus.