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Arthur Rankin Jr

Animation director/producer

Born - 19 July 1924, New York City, USA
Died - 30 January 2014

Prolific producer of TV animation, whose early work at a producer of feature cartoons for the small screen included Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) and The Ballad of Smokey the Bear (1966). He also produced such cinema cartoon features as Willy MacBean and His Magic Machine (1965), The Daydreamer (1966), Mad Monster Party? (1967), Marco (1973), The Last Dinosaur (1977), The Flight of Dragons (1982) and The Last Unicorn (1982), the last two of which he also directed. TV features he directed included The Hobbit (1977) and The Wind in the Willows (1987), his last. He married Greek-born actress Olga Karlatos (O. Vlassopulos, 1947- ), who survives him.