Rankin Bass - Animation

by BillSimms | created - 21 Aug 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

A list of work from Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass.

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1. 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: 86

Sept 01 1961 release date.

2. 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: 118

Feb 09 1964 release date.

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles

Votes: 23,284

Dec 06 1964 release date.

4. Willy McBean and His Magic Machine (1965)

94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

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

Director: Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Larry D. Mann, Billie Mae Richards, Alfie Scopp, Paul Kligman

Votes: 69

June 23 1965 release date.

5. The Daydreamer (1966)

Unrated | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

An anthology of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen: "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Thumbelina" and "The Garden of Paradise."

Director: Jules Bass | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Victor Borge, Patty Duke, Jack Gilford

Votes: 247

Jun 01 1966 release date.

6. Mad Monster Party? (1967)

Unrated | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

When Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from the monster-making business, he calls an international roster of monsters to a creepy convention to elect his successor. Everyone is there ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Bass | Stars: Boris Karloff, Allen Swift, Gale Garnett, Phyllis Diller

Votes: 2,513

March 08 1967 release date.

7. The Little Drummer Boy (1968 TV Special)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Family

An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr., Takeya Nakamura | Stars: José Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray, Ted Eccles

Votes: 3,961

Dec 19 1968 release date.

8. 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: 13,588

Dec 07 1969 release date.

9. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)

TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Votes: 10,656

Dec 14 1970 release date.

10. Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971 TV Movie)

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

With the help of a time machine, Peter Cottontail must rescue Easter from the hands of the malicious Irontail.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Danny Kaye, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner, Casey Kasem

Votes: 966

April 04 1971 release date.

11. 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: 193

Sept 11 1971 release date.

12. The Osmonds (1972– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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

Votes: 43

Sept 09 1972 release date.

13. The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972–1974)
Episode: The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters (1972)

44 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

All of Universal's greatest classic monsters gather at the Transylvania Astoria Hotel for Frankenstein's monster and his bride's Friday the 13th midnight wedding.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Allen Swift, Bradley Bolke, Rhoda Mann, Bob McFadden

Votes: 59

Sept 23 1972 release date.

14. The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972–1974)
Episode: Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid (1972)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Fantasy cartoon story revolving around New York Giants outfielder Willie Mays, who is promised by an unconventional angel the chance to make his famed miracle catch, if he agrees to become ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Willie Mays, Tina Andrews, Paul Frees, Ernestine Wade

Votes: 18

Oct 14 1972 release date.

15. The Ballad of Paul Bunyan (1973 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Family

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Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

Votes: 12

16. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974 TV Movie)

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

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: 2,366

Dec 08 1974 release date.

17. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)

TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving

Votes: 6,998

Dec 10 1974 release date.

18. The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975 TV Short)

Not Rated | 22 min | Animation, Short, Family

A young shepherd, Lucas, is blinded by lightening, and some kindly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in. Sister Catherine describes snow to Lucas, who has never seen it. Lucas gets chosen to ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Cyril Ritchard, David Kelley, Dina Lynn

Votes: 356

Dec 19 1975 release date.

19. 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: 187

April 09 1976 release date.

20. Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976 TV Movie)

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

Rudolph must find Happy, the baby New Year, before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam, Harold Peary

Votes: 3,061

Dec 10 1976 release date.

21. 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: 2,340

Dec 022 1976 release date.

22. The Last Dinosaur (1977)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A wealthy big game hunter and his group become trapped in prehistoric times where they are stalked by a ferocious dinosaur.

Directors: Alexander Grasshoff, Tsugunobu Kotani | Stars: Richard Boone, Joan Van Ark, Steven Keats, Luther Rackley

Votes: 644

Feb 11 1977 release date.

23. The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town (1977 TV Movie)

TV-G | 50 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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 ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Skip Hinnant, Bob McFadden, Allen Swift

Votes: 620

April 06 1977 release date.

24. 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, Brother Theodore, Cyril Ritchard

Votes: 11,699

Nov 27 1977 release date.

25. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977 TV Movie)

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

An outcast donkey in Roman era Judea with overlong ears finds his destiny on the way to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Roger Miller, Brenda Vaccaro, Paul Frees, Don Messick

Votes: 1,611

Dec 01 1977 release date.

26. The Bermuda Depths (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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

Director: Tsugunobu Kotani | Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Carl Weathers, Connie Sellecca, Julie Woodson

Votes: 589

Jan 27 1978 release date.

27. Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979 TV Movie)

TV-G | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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. But now Winterbolt's awake. He gives ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Red Buttons, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Alan Sues

Votes: 1,708

July 01 1979 release date.

28. Jack Frost (1979 TV Movie)

TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees, Larry Storch

Votes: 2,761

Dec 13 1979 release date.

29. 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: 3,344

May 11 1980 release date.

30. Pinocchio's Christmas (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

It's Pinocchio's first Christmas, and he sells the book Geppetto gives him for present money, but Cat and Fox trick him out of it. So, Pinocchio becomes part of a (Christmas) Marionette ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Alan King, George S. Irving, Bob McFadden, Patricia Bright

Votes: 488

Dec 03 1980 release date.

31. The Ivory Ape (1980 TV Movie)

104 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An ivory ape escapes from a freighter and makes its way to Bermuda. Two anthropologists want to save it, but the local authorities hire a big-game hunter to track it down and kill it.

Director: Tsugunobu Kotani | Stars: Jack Palance, Steven Keats, Cindy Pickett, Céline Lomez

Votes: 47

April 18 1980 release date.

32. The Bushido Blade (1981)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, History

A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.

Director: Tsugunobu Kotani | Stars: Richard Boone, Toshirô Mifune, Mike Starr, Timothy Patrick Murphy

Votes: 309

1981 release date.

33. The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold (1981 TV Short)

25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

An Irish sailor is stranded on an island full of Leprechauns and soon finds himself aiding them in protecting their gold from a greedy Hag.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Art Carney, Peggy Cass, Bob McFadden, Ken Jennings

Votes: 420

Dec 23 1981 release date.

34. The Last Unicorn (1982)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

70 Metascore

A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil King 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: 22,725 | Gross: $6.46M

Jan 01 1982 release date.

35. 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: 5,025

Aug 17 1982 release date.

36. 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: 2,422

Sept 08 1986 release date.

37. The Swan Princess (1994)

G | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A power hungry sorcerer transforms a princess into a swan by day in this tale of everlasting love.

Director: Richard Rich | Stars: Jack Palance, Howard McGillin, Michelle Nicastro, Liz Callaway

Votes: 21,010 | Gross: $9.77M

Nov 18 1994 release date.

38. The Wind in the Willows (2006 TV Movie)

99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Rat, Mole and Badger try to curb Mr. Toad's wild ways before he ruins himself and the other animals of the forest.

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: Matt Lucas, Mark Gatiss, Lee Ingleby, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 667

Dec 18 2006 release date.



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