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RIP the Rankin Half of Animation Legend Rankin/Bass Productions

We’ve just learned that Arthur Rankin Jr. passed away last Thursday, January 30th, at his home in Bermuda. He was 89. If the name “Rankin” doesn’t ring any bells for you, add “Bass” on the end and it probably will. Formed in 1960 by Rankin and Jules Bass, Rankin/Bass Productions is the company responsible for the classic stop-motion holiday specials all you parents reading this had damn well better still be passing down to your kids. The most well-known of those is Rudolph the Red-Noised Reindeer, co-starring Hermey, the Christmas Elf who wants to be a dentist. On the non-stop motion front, R/B put out animated versions of The Hobbit and Return of the King, a clip from which we’ve inserted above, because it’s Éowyn killing the Witch King and you know full well which site you’re on.

But Rankin/Bass’ most beloved (non-Rudolph) film has to be The Last Unicorn, which the studio’s two founders directed. We’ve included the original 1982 trailer under the jump. Watch it and pour one out for Mr Rankin.

(via: Laughing Squid)

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  • Anonymous

    That scene with Eowyn was the best part of the Return of the King adaptation. Love the Hobbit as well.

  • locuas

    okay, say whatever you want about the animated adaptions, that moment was way better than the one in the return of the king(except for the witch king’s voice, i still preffer the live action one)

  • Lien

    See that Eowyn clip? Every time i play a fantasy RPG, i always make a character just like that!
    That’s who i’ll make in the next Diablo 3 Expansion, a crusader knight with eowyn/jeanne D’arc personality mix!

  • Anonymous

    I like that the animated Eowyn is less snide about the line “I am no man” in the animated version.

  • Sherrie Ricketts

    ;_; Another one of the creators of my childhood is gone.

    And we lost Hal Sutherland a couple of weeks ago, too.

  • Madeleine Odowichuk

    I’m still a bit iffy about the animated Return of the King adaptation, but they did keep more of the badass dialogue between Eowyn and the Witch King. Observe the original:

    “Begone, foul dwimmerlaik, lord of carrion! Leave the dead in peace!”

    A cold voice answered: ‘Come not between the Nazgûl and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shrivelled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye.”

    A sword rang as it was drawn. “Do what you will; but I will hinder it, if I may.”

    “Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!”

    Then Merry heard of all sounds in that hour the strangest. It seemed that Dernhelm laughed, and the clear voice was like the ring of steel. “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you if you touch him.”