Arthur Rankin Jr., an illustrious director, producer and writer of stop motion films, died at age 89 on January 30, 2014 at his Bermuda Home. In 1960 Mr. Rankin and his partner Jules Bass formed Rankin/Bass Productions which became the creative force behind such legendary “Animagic”(single-frame stop motion) television specials and films as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer“, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town“, “Mad Monster Party” and”The Hobbit.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Rankin.
Mad Monster Party – 1967
The Hobbit – 1977
photo via The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass