Jules Bass, director of ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’, dead at 87

Jules Bass, director of ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’, dead at 87

Director Jules Bass, whose vacation classics ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and ‘Rudolph the Crimson-Nosed Reindeer’ has been loved by generations of viewers, died Tuesday.

Bass died at an assisted residing facility in Rye, NY, his publicist informed Selection. He was 87 years previous.

Bass labored with Arthur Rankin Jr. on the cease movement animation packages, forming “Rankin/Bass Animated Productions,” which went on to create the Christmas specials which proceed to air on tv

Bass, the producer of “Rudolph the Crimson-Nosed Reindeer,’ is the longest-running Christmas TV particular in historical past.

Bass, additionally the producer of the well-known film “Frosty the Snowman” premiered on CBS in 1969.Rankin-Bass Prods/Kobal/Shutterstock

“Rudolph the Crimson-Nosed Reindeer,’ first aired on NBC in 1964 and is the longest-running Christmas TV particular in historical past. “Frosty the Snowman” premiered on CBS in 1969, with the story of youngsters constructing the title character and bringing him to life by putting a magician’s hat on his head gaining essential acclaim.

The group of Bass and Rankin adopted with “Santa Claus is Coming to City,” the favored 1970 ABC program, narrated by Fred Astaire. Different Bass-Rankin collaborations embody “The Little Drummer Boy,” “The 12 months With out A Santa Claus” and “Pinocchio’s Christmas.”

Bass’ “The Little Drummer Boy II” earned an Emmy nomination within the “Excellent Kids’s Particular” class in 1977.

Bass’ final movie credit score got here in 2020, the place he served as a consulting producer for the “ThunderCats Roar” tv collection.

He attended NYU and labored at an promoting company earlier than his filmmaking days. Bass’ daughter, Jean Nicole Bass, died in January at 61.

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