‘Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer’ remains one of the most famous TV animated shorts (or stop-motion if we are to use the correct vocab) that was ever made. With its signature visuals and Burl Ives voiceover (and singing on much of the soundtrack) this is something that families have been enjoying over the festivities since it was created in 1964. It fact it is only one of handful Christmas specials that originated in the sixties to be still picking up airplay. And for all of this we must thank the brains behind the show Arthur Rankin who sadly passed away recently aged 89 years old. Rankin and his wife Jules Bass made a habit of making Christmas specials over the years with ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘The Year Without a Santa Claus’ appearing in the wake of their most famous holiday short. So successful were they that they are known to have inspired a young Tim Burton into turning his attention to the similarly themed ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ which is quite reminiscent in its animated style to Rankin’s.