History Creator / RankinBassProductions

13th Jun '16 3:22:27 AM Morgenthaler
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Rankin/Bass also produced non-holiday AnimatedShows. Best known is probably ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985''; its other series included ''Tales from the Wizard of Oz'', ''King Kong'', ''{{The Jackson 5ive}}'' and ''The Osmonds''. The popularity of ''[=ThunderCats=]'' resulted in two follow-up series, ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' and ''[=TigerSharks=]'' (the third appearing along with three other shows as ''WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip''). By the time of ''[=ThunderCats=]'', the studios were now owned by Creator/{{Lorimar}}-Telepictures; Telepictures had acquired the studio in 1983 after distributing their post-1974[[note]]the pre-1974 library was owned by GE, who had owned Tomorrow Entertainment, R-B's parent firm, for a while then; they eventually sold the library to [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Lorne Michaels]] and his company, Broadway Video; he eventually sold it to Golden Books, who integrated it into their library, which eventually became part of Classic Media, which was sold to Creator/DreamWorksAnimation in 2012[[/note]]library from Telepicture's founding in 1978. Creator/WarnerBros now owns the rights to those programs, having acquired L-T in 1989.

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Rankin/Bass also produced non-holiday AnimatedShows. Best known is probably ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985''; its other series included ''Tales from the Wizard of Oz'', ''King Kong'', ''{{The ''WesternAnimation/{{The Jackson 5ive}}'' and ''The Osmonds''. The popularity of ''[=ThunderCats=]'' resulted in two follow-up series, ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' and ''[=TigerSharks=]'' (the third appearing along with three other shows as ''WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip''). By the time of ''[=ThunderCats=]'', the studios were now owned by Creator/{{Lorimar}}-Telepictures; Telepictures had acquired the studio in 1983 after distributing their post-1974[[note]]the pre-1974 library was owned by GE, who had owned Tomorrow Entertainment, R-B's parent firm, for a while then; they eventually sold the library to [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Lorne Michaels]] and his company, Broadway Video; he eventually sold it to Golden Books, who integrated it into their library, which eventually became part of Classic Media, which was sold to Creator/DreamWorksAnimation in 2012[[/note]]library from Telepicture's founding in 1978. Creator/WarnerBros now owns the rights to those programs, having acquired L-T in 1989.
6th May '16 10:06:23 AM rjd1922
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI'' (1999) (with Morgan Creek Productions and Nest Family Entertainment)
21st Dec '15 1:38:11 PM WillKeaton
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If you had a childhood[[labelnote:*]](in an English-speaking country, at least)[[/labelnote]], you know '''Rankin/Bass Productions'''. Founded by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass as Videocraft International, the company is responsible for a series of (usually) StopMotion puppet animated (called "Animagic") holiday specials that are virtual fixtures of seasonal television programming. Works such as ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'', ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown'', ''WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman'' and ''WesternAnimation/HereComesPeterCottontail'' have been airing more or less annually since the early 1960s, when they were first produced. Many subsequent holiday specials produced by other companies will contain salutes to these shows.

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If you had a childhood[[labelnote:*]](in childhood,[[labelnote:*]]in an English-speaking country, at least)[[/labelnote]], least,[[/labelnote]] you know '''Rankin/Bass Productions'''. Founded by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass as Videocraft International, the company is responsible for a series of (usually) StopMotion puppet animated (called "Animagic") holiday specials that are virtual fixtures of seasonal television programming. Works such as ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'', ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown'', ''WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman'' and ''WesternAnimation/HereComesPeterCottontail'' have been airing more or less annually since the early 1960s, when they were first produced. Many subsequent holiday specials produced by other companies will contain salutes to these shows.
10th Dec '15 4:18:48 PM WileK209
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* ''TalesOfTheWizardOfOz'' (1961)

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* ''TalesOfTheWizardOfOz'' ''WesternAnimation/TalesOfTheWizardOfOz'' (1961)
24th Nov '15 10:44:56 AM Morgenthaler
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Its most ambitious projects were animated adaptations of Creator/JRRTolkien's books, with ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit'' and ''[[LordOfTheRings Return of the King]]''. (Not to be confused with Creator/RalphBakshi's [[SoBadItsGood ill-fated]] [[LordOfTheRings attempt]], which bridged the series.). Along with ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' and ''TheFlightOfDragons'', these films were the first major [[{{Animesque}} U.S.-Japanese]] animation production crossovers. The co-producing Japanese company was known as Topcraft and soon after, they went on to form the company Creator/StudioGhibli.

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Its most ambitious projects were animated adaptations of Creator/JRRTolkien's books, with ''WesternAnimation/TheHobbit'' and ''[[LordOfTheRings Return of the King]]''. (Not to be confused with Creator/RalphBakshi's [[SoBadItsGood ill-fated]] [[LordOfTheRings attempt]], which bridged the series.). Along with ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' and ''TheFlightOfDragons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'', these films were the first major [[{{Animesque}} U.S.-Japanese]] animation production crossovers. The co-producing Japanese company was known as Topcraft and soon after, they went on to form the company Creator/StudioGhibli.
21st Nov '15 8:36:35 PM Mikeyfan93
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Arthur Rankin Jr. passed away in 30th January 2014. Rest in peace.

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Arthur Rankin Jr. passed away in 30th on January 2014. Rest in peace.30th, 2014.
14th May '15 11:08:24 AM MarkLungo
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Rankin/Bass also produced non-holiday AnimatedShows. Best known is probably ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''; its other series included ''Tales from the Wizard of Oz'', ''King Kong'', ''{{The Jackson 5ive}}'' and ''The Osmonds''. The popularity of ''[=ThunderCats=]'' resulted in two follow-up series, ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' and ''[=TigerSharks=]'' (the third appearing along with three other shows as ''WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip''). By the time of ''ThunderCats'', the studios were now owned by Creator/{{Lorimar}}-Telepictures; Telepictures had acquired the studio in 1983 after distributing their post-1974[[note]]the pre-1974 library was owned by GE, who had owned Tomorrow Entertainment, R-B's parent firm, for a while then; they eventually sold the library to [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Lorne Michaels]] and his company, Broadway Video; he eventually sold it to Golden Books, who integrated it into their library, which eventually became part of Classic Media, which was sold to Creator/DreamWorksAnimation in 2012[[/note]]library from Telepicture's founding in 1978. Creator/WarnerBros now owns the rights to those programs, having acquired L-T in 1989.

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Rankin/Bass also produced non-holiday AnimatedShows. Best known is probably ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''; ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985''; its other series included ''Tales from the Wizard of Oz'', ''King Kong'', ''{{The Jackson 5ive}}'' and ''The Osmonds''. The popularity of ''[=ThunderCats=]'' resulted in two follow-up series, ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' and ''[=TigerSharks=]'' (the third appearing along with three other shows as ''WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip''). By the time of ''ThunderCats'', ''[=ThunderCats=]'', the studios were now owned by Creator/{{Lorimar}}-Telepictures; Telepictures had acquired the studio in 1983 after distributing their post-1974[[note]]the pre-1974 library was owned by GE, who had owned Tomorrow Entertainment, R-B's parent firm, for a while then; they eventually sold the library to [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Lorne Michaels]] and his company, Broadway Video; he eventually sold it to Golden Books, who integrated it into their library, which eventually became part of Classic Media, which was sold to Creator/DreamWorksAnimation in 2012[[/note]]library from Telepicture's founding in 1978. Creator/WarnerBros now owns the rights to those programs, having acquired L-T in 1989.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' (1985)

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' (1985)''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985''



** ''WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats|2011}}'' (2011)

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** ''WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats|2011}}'' (2011)''WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats2011}}''
20th Jan '15 2:42:03 AM themisterfree
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Rankin/Bass also produced non-holiday AnimatedShows. Best known is probably ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''; its other series included ''Tales from the Wizard of Oz'', ''King Kong'', ''{{The Jackson 5ive}}'' and ''The Osmonds''. The popularity of ''[=ThunderCats=]'' resulted in two follow-up series, ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' and ''[=TigerSharks=]'' (the third appearing along with three other shows as ''WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip''). By the time of ''ThunderCats'', the studios were now owned by Creator/{{Lorimar}}-Telepictures; Telepictures had acquired the studio in 1983 after distributing their post-1974[[note]]the pre-1974 library was owned by GE, who had owned Tomorrow Entertainment, R-B's parent firm, for a while then; they eventually sold the library to [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Lorne Michaels]] and his company, Broadway Video; he eventually sold it to Golden Books, who integrated it into their library, which eventually became part of Classic Media, which was sold to Creator/DreamWorksAnimation in 2012[[/note]]

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Rankin/Bass also produced non-holiday AnimatedShows. Best known is probably ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''; its other series included ''Tales from the Wizard of Oz'', ''King Kong'', ''{{The Jackson 5ive}}'' and ''The Osmonds''. The popularity of ''[=ThunderCats=]'' resulted in two follow-up series, ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' and ''[=TigerSharks=]'' (the third appearing along with three other shows as ''WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip''). By the time of ''ThunderCats'', the studios were now owned by Creator/{{Lorimar}}-Telepictures; Telepictures had acquired the studio in 1983 after distributing their post-1974[[note]]the pre-1974 library was owned by GE, who had owned Tomorrow Entertainment, R-B's parent firm, for a while then; they eventually sold the library to [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Lorne Michaels]] and his company, Broadway Video; he eventually sold it to Golden Books, who integrated it into their library, which eventually became part of Classic Media, which was sold to Creator/DreamWorksAnimation in 2012[[/note]]
2012[[/note]]library from Telepicture's founding in 1978. Creator/WarnerBros now owns the rights to those programs, having acquired L-T in 1989.
20th Jan '15 2:40:53 AM themisterfree
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Rankin/Bass also produced non-holiday AnimatedShows. Best known is probably ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''; its other series included ''Tales from the Wizard of Oz'', ''King Kong'', ''{{The Jackson 5ive}}'' and ''The Osmonds''. The popularity of ''[=ThunderCats=]'' resulted in two follow-up series, ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' and ''[=TigerSharks=]'' (the third appearing along with three other shows as ''WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip'').

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Rankin/Bass also produced non-holiday AnimatedShows. Best known is probably ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''; its other series included ''Tales from the Wizard of Oz'', ''King Kong'', ''{{The Jackson 5ive}}'' and ''The Osmonds''. The popularity of ''[=ThunderCats=]'' resulted in two follow-up series, ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' and ''[=TigerSharks=]'' (the third appearing along with three other shows as ''WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip'').
''WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip''). By the time of ''ThunderCats'', the studios were now owned by Creator/{{Lorimar}}-Telepictures; Telepictures had acquired the studio in 1983 after distributing their post-1974[[note]]the pre-1974 library was owned by GE, who had owned Tomorrow Entertainment, R-B's parent firm, for a while then; they eventually sold the library to [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Lorne Michaels]] and his company, Broadway Video; he eventually sold it to Golden Books, who integrated it into their library, which eventually became part of Classic Media, which was sold to Creator/DreamWorksAnimation in 2012[[/note]]
23rd Dec '14 8:15:17 AM Volvagia423
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* ''Cricket on the Hearth'' (1967)

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* ''Cricket on the Hearth'' (1967)(1967) Roddy McDowall as [[AlliterativeName Cricket Crocket]]
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