‘Rudolph’ TV Special Creator Dies

Arthur Rankin Jr., creator of the iconic stop-motion animated specials “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman,” died last Thursday. He was 89.

Also among Rankin’s holiday special credits were “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” and “The Little Drummer Boy Book II.”

Today’s New York Times takes a look at Arthur Rankin’s prolific and star-studded career.