Arthur Rankin Jr. - The Hobbit

Arthur Rankin began his career in the late 40s, and is probably best known for his adaptations of the Hobbit, Return of the King, and the Last Unicorn.

It was 1948 when Arthur was a graphic designer with ABC, in the early days of television. By 1952 he had founded his own company to develop commercials and other advertising materials. In 1959 he put out Willy McBean and his Magic Machine, and a new legacy began.

Most people alive today remember the holiday treats of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from 1964, and of Frosty the Snowman, which he created in 1969.

It was his 1977 release of The Hobbit, though, that really garnered him popular attention. You can read our Review of the Hobbit. He followed it up in 1979 with a made-for-TV release of Return of the King.

In 1982, The Last Unicorn became another popular hit, bringing great actors and an easy-to-love animation style together. The Wind in the Willows followed in 1983, but while he made a few movies after that, none caught the imagination as his earlier works did.

The Hobbit
Return of the King
The Last Unicorn

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