Saturday, February 1, 2014

Arthur Rankin Jr. and Larry D. Mann RIP

Creator of many of our childhood favorites Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Little Drummer Boy and The Year Without a Santa Claus has passed away at the age of 89.  Rankin and Jules Bass were responsible for all of those stop motion specials we all watched around the Christmas season.  he also worked on the animated Frosty the Snowman and The Last Unicorn and Thundercats.

I stated these were our childhood favorites but really they were staples of every Christmas throughout my life and have new meaning for me personally as my 6 year old is discovering them over the past few years.

Recently there was the sad death of Larry D. Mann, who played the voice of Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. He also played parts in Gunsmoke and Bewitched.  He was 91.

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