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Review: Rankin-Bass "The Hobbit" and "Return of the King" Remastered DVDs - Classics Revisited

Rankin-Bass Hobbit Smaug

It’s always nice to discover that an old cartoon from your childhood holds up to your fond nostalgic feelings for it. The Rankin-Bass adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit proves to be one of those cartoons. The TV special, first aired in the late 1970’s, was my personal introduction to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, and while the […]

Peanuts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Steve Jobs Planned as U.S. Postage Stamps

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The Washington Post has uncovered a list of planned designs for upcoming U.S. postage stamps for 2014-2015, which includes Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Apple co-founder and seminal Pixar figure Steve Jobs. Rudolph is listed as “Design Approved” for release in 2014 (alongside stamps commemorating events of the Civil War, the War […]

Arthur Rankin Jr., Rankin/Bass Co-Founder, 1924 - 2014

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The Royal Gazette of Bermuda reported that Arthur Rankin, Jr. passed away at his home by Harrington Sound on January 31, 2014, at the age of 90. Rankin was half of the famed Rankin-Bass duo, which produced some of the best beloved animated Christmas TV specials of all time, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty […]

Review: "Arthur Christmas": Jingle-Jangle All the Way

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Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas isn’t a bad film by any stretch of the imagination. It’s got spunk and wit and pizzazz and a holiday-inflected theme suitable to the season. It looks nice and it moves well. But it’s a slapdash movie, and it has all the subtlety of a carillon banging out “Jingle Bells” at […]

Warner Home Video Brings Charlie Brown and Rankin-Bass on Home Video for the Holidays

Warner Home Video has announced several new holiday-themed DVDs scheduled for release on October 7, 2008, including: A Charlie Brown Christmas Deluxe Edition A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Deluxe Edition Rankin-Bass’ Jack Frost (1979) Bonus features have not been released for these DVDs. In addition, a Peanuts Holiday Pack containing the deluxe editions of It’s the […]

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