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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 […]

"The Last Unicorn": A Sublime Classic

Though it may be neglected on most lists of great animated films, The Last Unicorn is a hallmark of the 1980s and an easy contender for the finest animated achievement from Rankin/Bass Productions. An adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Peter S. Beagle, it offers an incisive and faithful screenplay from […]

Toonzone Interviews Peter S. Beagle on the Blu-ray Release of "The Last Unicorn"

An award-winning writer and fantasy novelist, Peter S. Beagle has created an impressive and growing body of work since his first novel was published in 1960. Among his creations are the novels A Fine and Private Place and Tamsin, the screenplay for Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and the episode […]

Otakon2010: Of Unicorns and Gundam Unicorn

Although final days at conventions are only half days and can be less substantial than the first two days in my experience, my Sunday at Otakon 2010 was fully occupied by two satisfying events. Longtime readers may recall the tribute I paid to what I consider one of the finest Rankin-Bass productions and a marvelous […]

Did You Know This Was Anime? - The Last Unicorn

Allow me an introduction. This is an anime column for everyone. This means exactly what it implies. With any luck some anime fans will learn a lot, but this is targeted to all of you animation buffs. The word “anime,” after all, is basically Japanese shorthand for animation. Outside of Japan, of course, we associate […]

1,600+ Pre-Orders for "The Last Unicorn;" 35,000 Sales in 1st Week

According to the latest “Phoenix” newsletter, more than 1,600 pre-orders for The Last Unicorn 25th Anniversary DVD edition came in directly to the Conlan Press website. The response has temporarily overwhelmed author Peter S. Beagle and the staff, who were expecting approximately 300 pre-orders before the DVD’s February 6 release date. The needs to fulfill […]

Peter S. Beagle on "The Last Unicorn" 25th Anniversary

Peter S. Beagle is one of those creators who proves that the universe is not fair in distributing talent. His first novel, A Fine and Private Place, was written when he was at the ripe old age of 19, and he followed it up with a huge library of highly beloved novels that get categorized […]

Help Peter S. Beagle by Buying "The Last Unicorn" DVD through Conlan Press

Independent publisher Conlan Press has issued a press release announcing a special deal with Lionsgate Entertainment to sell The Last Unicorn 25th Anniversary DVD, ensuring that more than half their purchase price will go towards benefiting Peter S. Beagle, the author of the original novel and the screenplay of the movie. Conlan Press will sell […]

Press Release: Fans Help Peter S. Beagle by Buying "Last Unicorn" DVD Through Conlan

FANS HELP World-Famous Author PETER S. BEAGLE when they BUY THE NEW 25th ANNIVERSARY DVD EDITION of THE LAST UNICORN through Conlan Press On 2/6/07 Lionsgate will release The Last Unicorn: 25th Anniversary Edition — a widescreen digitally remastered DVD version of the animated classic, including additional features and material — with special Conlan Press […]

"Last Unicorn" 25th Anniversary DVD Announced

AnimatedBliss.com is reporting that a 25th Anniversary Edition DVD of The Last Unicorn will be released on February 6, 2007. The movie — based on the novel of the same name by Peter S. Beagle, who also wrote the screenplay — stars Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, and Rene Auberjonois in a fantasy adventure […]

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