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.

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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.

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UnforgettableG 20 months ago
This time is masterpieces that bass created or co-created is simply timeless and creative to say the least groundbreaking in addition to the fact that I've been watching these Classics now year after year and holiday time all of my life basically since I was a kid so we truly lost a legend and a great one along with a lot of other greats and I just want to say I'm just glad that I was born in the era where I was able to enjoy this creative talent and an artistry for there's been warmth ought to so many homes and so many people because of these creations I shall always cherish them and treasure them as many of you do too
I see a typo I want to correct I mentioned and said "these Timeless masterpieces" so correcting that and at the bottom of my post is also bought not ought just wanted to correct that and also once again say rest in peace Mr Bass and thank you for all your magical creations
cuddles1954 21 months ago
We lost to many great actors/actresses. And now Jules Bass. Will miss Angela Lansbury. 😢
JKMallaber 21 months ago
I could be remembering wrong, but I think some of the educational film strips we watched way back in school were produced by Rankin-Bass.
Charlotte 21 months ago
He may have passed, but left behind classics which no one will ever do better. So glad I have the DVD's for my grandsons to watch. Thanks for all those great children cartoons!
BlueRabbit20 21 months ago
I am 58 years young (Ha Ha) and still cry as I watch "Rudolph". Maybe I feel like he did at the reindeer games. I love how he gets to find the Snow east and save everybody.
DB50 21 months ago
BTW... Still watch Mad Monster party on DVR! 😉
DB50 21 months ago
What a loss of a classic!
I have an unbelievable Rudolph collection and was so sad that Hallmark decided not to carry Rudolph this year. Two SAD days for fans : ( RIP
Rita6868 21 months ago
Thank You Mr.Bass for the joy you have given us.Rest in Peace. I'm not a big cartoon or animation fan but always watched Rudolph, Frosty and Santa Claus is coming to town each Christmas holiday.It was and still is a tradition of mine all of these years later.
I love the great music in all three of these classics.
JohnnyBoyohBoy 21 months ago
Before even Rudolph aired, I'd get up early every morning to watch The New Adventures of Pinocchio.
Moverfan JohnnyBoyohBoy 20 months ago
I think I remember that. "I got no strings to tie me down..."
CecilMJames1 21 months ago
Him and Arthur Rankin made the best cartoons including Thundercats wow my childhood passed away again in Jules Bass both he and Artie are gone.
DZee 21 months ago
I was 65 on Monday and I still vividly remember watching "Rudolph" with my late mom the first time it aired. Such great memories.
lynngdance 21 months ago

LoveMETV22 lynngdance 21 months ago
Nice adds lynn. What icons both Rankin/Bass were.
Michael 21 months ago
Of course, Elf pays tribute to Rudolph at the beginning when Buddy visits with stop motion characters and the Leon Redbone snowman representing Burl Ive's snowman.
Runeshaper 21 months ago
R.I.P. Jules Bass. Thanks for giving so much to so many. Those films will forever remain in my hear. I can still remember watching them with my family.
Barry22 21 months ago
Can't stop myself from saying this. Will the funeral be in stop-motion?
Barry22 21 months ago
Give the guy credit, he helped create some classics. RIP
tootsieg 21 months ago
R.I.P. Jules Bass. Beautiful tribute.
Bricat2001 21 months ago
RIP juels bass, we have all the christmas specials on dvd that we watch every year as a tradition, would this mean that metv will air mad monster party sometime?
Michael Bricat2001 21 months ago
It will be Svengoolied.
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