With Rankin/Bass Productions (Sorted by Year Ascending)



1. The New Adventures of Pinocchio (1960–1961)

5 min | Animation

8.0
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Follow Pinocchio and Cricket on their zany adventures.

Stars: Carl Banas, Joan Fowler, Stan Francis, Paul Kligman

Votes: 51

2. Tales of the Wizard of Oz (1961– )

Animation, Comedy, Family

7.2
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This 150-episode series of shorts chronicles Dorothy's long stay in the land of Oz. The Munchkins are portrayed as tiny globs; the Scarecrow is a fool named Socrates; the Tin Woodman is a ... See full summary »

Stars: Carl Banas, Corinne Conley, Peggi Loder, Larry D. Mann

Votes: 91

3. Return to Oz (1964 TV Movie)

51 min | Animation, Family, Musical

5.9
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Rather than adapt a later or create a new Oz story, this production has Dorothy still in posession of the shoes, and she clings to an apple tree during a tornado which takes her back to Oz.... See full summary »

Directors: F.R. Crawley, Thomas Glynn, Larry Roemer | Stars: Larry D. Mann, Alfie Scopp, Carl Banas, Susan Morse

Votes: 131

4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles

Votes: 24,865

5. Willy McBean and His Magic Machine (1965)

94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.4
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Little Willy McBean joins up with a Mexican monkey named Pablo to travel back in time and stop the evil Prof. von Rotten from changing history.

Director: Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Larry D. Mann, Billie Mae Richards, Alfie Scopp, Paul Kligman

Votes: 93

6. King Kong (1966– )

30 min | Animation

7.0
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An animated series about the adventures of King Kong and his young pal Bobby Bond. Also featured were the adventures of "Tom of T.H.U.M.B.", a 6" tall secret agent.

Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Carl Banas, Susan Conway, John Drainie

Votes: 127

7. The Ballad of Smokey the Bear (1966 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.0
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Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: James Cagney, Herb Duncan, Rose Marie Jun, William Marine

Votes: 49

8. King Kong (1966– )
Episode: Under the Volcano (1966)

Animation

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Stars: Carl Banas, Susan Conway, John Drainie, Billie Mae Richards

9. King Kong (1966– )
Episode: Dr. Who (1966)

Animation

7.6
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Stars: Carl Banas, Susan Conway, John Drainie, Billie Mae Richards

Votes: 5

10. King Kong (1966– )
Episode: The Hunter (1966)

Animation

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Stars: Carl Banas, Susan Conway, John Drainie, Billie Mae Richards

11. King Kong Escapes (1967)

G | 96 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.6
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King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller, Akira Takarada

Votes: 2,147

12. Mad Monster Party? (1967)

Unrated | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.7
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On the Isle of Evil, the head of the "World Organization of Monsters" reveals his imminent retirement and that he has refined a formula for total destruction, only to be upset when the monsters try to steal the formula and kill his nephew.

Director: Jules Bass | Stars: Boris Karloff, Allen Swift, Gale Garnett, Phyllis Diller

Votes: 2,756

13. The Wacky World of Mother Goose (1967)

81 min | Animation, Family, Musical

5.4
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Animated feature film based on Charles Perrault's stories and nursery rhymes. It features Humpty Dumpty, The Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe, and the Crooked Man.

Director: Jules Bass | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Bob McFadden, Susan Melvin, Bradley Bolke

Votes: 154

14. Cricket on the Hearth (1967 TV Movie)

TV-G | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.8
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A cricket seeks to rescue a poor toymaker and his blind daughter from an exploitative miser.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Danny Thomas, Marlo Thomas, Hans Conried, Paul Frees

Votes: 529

15. The Little Drummer Boy (1968 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.0
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An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr., Takeya Nakamura | Stars: José Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray, Ted Eccles

Votes: 4,291

16. Mouse on the Mayflower (1968 TV Movie)

TV-G | 45 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.0
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The Mayflower journey as see through the experiences of a church mouse.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Tennessee Ernie Ford, Eddie Albert, John Gary, Joanie Sommers

Votes: 136

17. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.3
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A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees

Votes: 14,615

18. The Smokey Bear Show (1969–1971)

30 min | Animation

7.3
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Smokey Bear recalls his adventures and misadventures as a cub, growing in the forest with his friends, always threatened by fire.

Stars: Carl Banas, Billie Mae Richards, Paul Soles, Jackson Weaver

Votes: 17

19. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)

TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.7
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A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Votes: 11,492

20. Tomfoolery (1970– )

24 min | Animation

7.6
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Tomfoolery was an animated cartoon series based on the nonsense poetry of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll. There were several recurring characters, including the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo from the ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Hawkins, Bernard Spear

Votes: 32

21. The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians (1970 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Comedy

7.2
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Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jack Benny, George Burns, Phyllis Diller, George Jessel

Votes: 43

22. The Reluctant Dragon & Mr. Toad Show (1970–1971)

30 min | Animation

6.6
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Stars: Paul Soles, Claude Rae, Carl Banas, Donna Miller

Votes: 14

23. Jackson 5ive (1971–1973)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.7
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The animated musical adventures of the Jackson brothers.

Stars: Joel Cooper, Donald Fullilove, Mike Martinez, Edmund Sylvers

Votes: 230

24. Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971 TV Movie)

TV-G | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.5
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With the help of a time machine, Peter Cottontail must rescue Easter from the hands of the malicious Irontail.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Danny Kaye, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner, Casey Kasem

Votes: 1,027

25. Jackson 5ive (1971–1973)
Episode: It All Started With... (1971)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

9.5
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Diana Ross comes to town, catches The Jackson Five's act, and offers to get them a recording contract.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Joel Cooper, Paul Frees, Donald Fullilove, Craig Grandy

Votes: 25

26. Jackson 5ive (1971–1973)
Episode: The Winner's Circle (1971)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

9.4
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The Jackson brothers agree to race a horse that won't run.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Joel Cooper, Paul Frees, Donald Fullilove, Craig Grandy

Votes: 21

27. The Osmonds (1972– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

5.9
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Stars: Paul Frees, Alan Osmond, Donny Osmond, James A. Osmond

Votes: 45

28. Festival of Family Classics (1972– )

Animation, Family

7.5
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Stars: Bernard Cowan, Peggi Loder, Peg Dixon, Billie Mae Richards

Votes: 44

29. The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972–1974)
Episode: Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid (1972)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
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Fantasy cartoon story revolving around New York Giants outfielder Willie Mays, who is promised by an unconventional angel the chance to make his famed miracle catch, if he agrees to become ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Willie Mays, Tina Andrews, Paul Frees, Ernestine Wade

Votes: 18

30. The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes (1972 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.4
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This is one of the 'Animagical' titles from the children's film archive of Rankin/Bass. The story line is reminiscent of an earlier 1966 R/B Animagic film, 'The Daydreamer', both of which ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Danny Kaye, Cyril Ritchard, Imogene Coca, Allen Swift

Votes: 45

31. The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972–1974)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie - renamed The New Saturday Superstar Movie in its second season - is a series of one-hour animated TV-movies (some of which also contained live action), ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Messick, Joan Gerber, John Stephenson, Richard Long

Votes: 77

32. Kid Power (1972– )

Animation, Comedy, Family

7.5
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Based on the comic strip "Wee Pals" by Morrie Turner, this half-hour animated ABC series followed the Peanuts-like adventures of the "Rainbow Club," a group of multi-racial kids. Each show ... See full summary »

Stars: Donald Fullilove, Joan Gardner, Michele Johnson-Murray, Jay Silverheels Jr.

Votes: 34

33. The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972–1974)
Episode: The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters (1972)

44 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
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All of Universal's greatest classic monsters gather at the Transylvania Astoria Hotel for Frankenstein's monster and his bride's Friday the 13th midnight wedding.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Allen Swift, Bradley Bolke, Rhoda Mann, Bob McFadden

Votes: 62

34. The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972–1974)
Episode: The Red Baron (1972)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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This animated feature casts the Red Baron as a hero, in a world of heroic anthropomorphic dogs and villainous anthropomorphic cats.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Allen Swift, Bob McFadden, Rhoda Mann, Bradley Bolke

Votes: 15

35. Jackson 5ive (1971–1973)
Episode: Groove to the Chief (1972)

TV-G | Animation, Comedy, Family

9.5
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Votes: 22

36. Jackson 5ive (1971–1973)
Episode: The Opening Act (1972)

TV-G | Animation, Comedy, Family

9.5
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Votes: 22

37. The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972–1974)
Episode: That Girl in Wonderland (1973)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.2
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Annie Marie imagines herself in the stories "Alice in Wonderland", "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", "The Wizard of Oz" and "Cinderella".

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Marlo Thomas, Patricia Bright, Dick Heymeyer, Rhoda Mann

Votes: 11

38. Festival of Family Classics (1972– )
Episode: Swiss Family Robinson (1973)

Animation, Family

7.0
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Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

Votes: 8

39. Festival of Family Classics (1972– )
Episode: Alice in Wonderland (1973)

Animation, Family

5.5
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A young girl named Alice falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in Wonderland, a fantasy land of strange characters and ideas.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Carl Banas, Len Birman, Bernard Cowan, Peg Dixon

Votes: 11

40. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)

TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.8
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When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving

Votes: 7,543

41. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.3
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When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver, George Gobel

Votes: 2,540

42. The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975 TV Short)

Not Rated | 22 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.2
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A young shepherd, Lucas (David Kelley), is blinded by lightning, and some kindly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in. Sister Catherine (Iris Rainer) describes Christmas snow to Lucas and he works a small miracle.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Cyril Ritchard, David Kelley, Dina Lynn

Votes: 398

43. Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976 TV Movie)

TV-G | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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Rudolph must find Happy, the baby New Year, before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam, Harold Peary

Votes: 3,322

44. The Little Drummer Boy Book II (1976 TV Short)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

6.8
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Aaron, the drummer boy, struggles to protect a bellmaker's great silver bells from seizure by Roman soldiers.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Greer Garson, Zero Mostel, David Jay, Bob McFadden

Votes: 550

45. Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.9
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Frosty's kind of lonely, so the kids think of making him a wife, Crystal. But will Jack Frost let them be happy?

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Andy Griffith, Shelley Winters, Dennis Day, Paul Frees

Votes: 2,527

46. The First Easter Rabbit (1976 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

7.1
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A beloved toy stuffed rabbit is rescued by a fairy to be the first Easter Rabbit.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Burl Ives, Robert Morse, Stan Freberg, Paul Frees

Votes: 200

47. The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town (1977 TV Movie)

TV-G | 50 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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The Mailman decides to stop another deluge of letters by answering questions about the Easter Bunny: Sunny, a baby rabbit found and adopted by Kidville (a town of only kids--even a kid ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Skip Hinnant, Bob McFadden, Allen Swift

Votes: 657

48. The Last Dinosaur (1977)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.6
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A wealthy big game hunter and his group become trapped in prehistoric times where they are stalked by a ferocious dinosaur.

Directors: Alexander Grasshoff, Tsugunobu Kotani | Stars: Richard Boone, Joan Van Ark, Steven Keats, Luther Rackley

Votes: 674

49. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977 TV Movie)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.1
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An outcast donkey in Roman era Judea with overlong ears finds his destiny on the way to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Roger Miller, Brenda Vaccaro, Paul Frees, Don Messick

Votes: 1,734

50. The Hobbit (1977 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.8
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A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Orson Bean, John Huston, Theodore Gottlieb, Cyril Ritchard

Votes: 12,200


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