R.I.P. Jules Bass, one half of the iconic Rankin/Bass team that brought us 'Rudolph', 'Frosty', 'Mad Monster Party?' and more
Bass will always be remembered for his contributions to some of the best-known holiday movies ever.
Jules Bass, the producer behind one of the most nostalgic holiday TV movies of all time, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, has passed away.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bass passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 at the age of 87.
In 1960, Bass began working with art director Arthur Rankin Jr. for a new film production company called Videocraft International, according to Deadline.
Four years after inception, the pair found major success with what is considered a classic stop-motion holiday movie called Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The TV movie was based on the Gene Autry song from 1949 with the same name.
Though Rudolph had major success, it wasn't the only holiday production Bass became known for. Also in the stop-motion category was the 1968 TV movie The Little Drummer Boy. In 1969, the Frosty the Snowman holiday special debuted, and has since graced millions of television screens. The special can still be seen several times a year today.
His successful pieces surrounding the holidays didn't stop at Frosty. Bass also produced the 1970 TV movie Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, the 1971 Easter movie Here Comes Peter Cottontail, the 1974 short 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the TV movie The Year Without a Santa Claus in 1974. The 1967 Halloween film Mad Monster Party? with Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller stood in the shadow of other holiday Rankin/Bass productions for years, but has since gained a cult following.
Bass was the executive producer for the 1966 King Kong TV series. He's also credited with producing 17 episodes of Jackson 5ive from 1971-1972.
The late-Seventies and throughout the Eighties, Bass produced several TV movies such as: Frosty's Winter Wonderland, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, Jack Frost, Pinocchio's Christmas and several others.
More recently, Bass was a consulting producer for several episodes of Thundercats from 2011-2012. As recently as 2020, he was listed as a consulting producer for the TV series Thundercats Roar, according to IMDb.com.
The legacy of Jules Bass will certainly live on, every time any one of the several holiday classics grace our TV sets once more.