Animation Director/Writer/ Producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. Passes Away at 89

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A few days ago, we lost an animation icon in Arthur Rankin, Jr, who died at his home in Bermuda. With his partner, Jules Bass, Rankin/Bass Productions gave the world some of its most memorable, endearing animation such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and The Last Unicorn.

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‘Rudolph’ TV Special Still Shining

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the stop-motion animated TV Christmas special, is still a ratings winner. The special, which aired this year on CBS on November 26, 2013, drew a higher rating with the 18-49 demographic than the finale of Dancing with the Stars on ABC.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 33: Holiday Special – 2012

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Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah! In this festive episode Marc and Matt are joined by the host of Christmas past, Justin Vactor. All of your favorite animated holiday specials are discussed as well as some recent releases on Blu-ray and DVD. So grab your magic top hat, decorate the loneliest tree, and get ready to poke the Grinch with a 39 1/2 foot pole.

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