Jules Bass, known for his work on ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and other holiday specials, dies: reports

(NEXSTAR) – Jules Bass, known for his work on stop-motion holiday specials like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” died Tuesday, according to multiple reports. He was 87 years old.

Bass’ publicist confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter, saying it happened at an assisted living facility in New York City.

Bass was an animator, director, producer, and songwriter who worked alongside director Arthur Rankin Jr., to create many of the holiday classics we still enjoy today. This includes “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “Frosty the Snowman”, and “The Year Without Santa”.

Bass and Rankin have produced many stop-motion productions like the ones listed above through their Rankin/Bass Productions banner, Variety reports.

Hailing from Philadelphia, Bass is listed as the producer of dozens of TV movies in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s on his IMDb page. He is also known for his work on the television series “Thundercats”.

His latest project is listed as the TV series “Thundercats Roar”, released in 2020.

Bass has also written children’s books about Herb, a vegetarian dragon, reports Deadline.

His death comes a few months after the death of his daughter, Jean Nicole Bass, at the age of 61.


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