Posts Tagged ‘Rankin-Bass’

1970s Cartoons and Tunes

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

A common thread runs through Saturday morning cartoons of the 1970s.

Music.

(more…)

“Kid Power”

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Kid Power aired on ABC during the 1972-73 television season — it was another product of the Rankin-Bass animation machine that relied heavily on transforming the creations of others.  Based on Morrie Turner’s Wee Kids comic strip, Kid Power centered on a group of kids and its organization — Rainbow Club.

(more…)

“The Wizard of Oz,” “Pinocchio,” and Rankin-Bass

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass created animation legacies.

A Canadian studio, Rankin-Bass entered the American market in 1961 with versions of two classic stories in first-run syndication.

(more…)

“King Kong” and “Tom of T.H.U.M.B.”

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

King Kong is a New York City film icon.  He climbed to the top of the Empire State Building in the 1933 and 2005 King Kong films.  In 1976, he climbed to the top of the World Trade Center.

But the 1966-67 Saturday morning cartoon series King Kong depicted the title character as domesticated with a family in the jungle.

(more…)

Mad Comedians and Mad Monsters

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Baby boomers and Generation Xers most likely recall Rankin-Bass as the studio responsible for the stop-motion animation television specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.

Rankin-Bass also produced two specials that were quite mad.  Literally.

(more…)