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Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc. (founded as Videocraft International, Ltd.) was an American production company, known for its seasonal television specials, particularly its work in stop motion animation. The pre-1974 library is owned by Universal Studios (via DreamWorks Animation/DreamWorks Classics), while the post-1973 library is owned by Warner Bros. Rankin/Bass stop-motion features are recognizable by their visual style of doll-like characters with spheroid body parts, and ubiquitous powdery snow using an animation technique called "Animagic". Often, traditional cel animation scenes of falling snow would be projected over the action to create the effect of a snowfall.

All of the studio's creative output was outsourced to at least 4 Japanese animation companies: Topcraft, Mushi Production, Toei Doga and TCJ (Television Corporation of Japan).

Works produced by Rankin/Bass released by Warner Bros.



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Rankin Bass Logo 1971
Stop-Motion TV Specials and Films (post-1973 library)
Frosty's Winter WonderlandRudolph and Frosty's Christmas in JulyThe Year Without a Santa ClausThe First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas SnowRudolph's Shiny New YearThe Little Drummer Boy, Book IIThe Easter Bunny Is Comin' to TownNestor, the Long-Eared Christmas DonkeyJack FrostPinocchio's ChristmasThe Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'Twas the Night Before ChristmasThe First Easter RabbitThe Stingiest Man in Town
Traditional animation films
The HobbitThe Return of the KingThe Flight of DragonsThe Wind in the WillowsThe King and I
TV Shows
ThunderCatsSilverHawks
Live-action films
The Last DinosaurThe Bermuda Depths
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