Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame -

Jimmy Mu­rakami, one of the found­ing fa­thers of Ir­ish an­i­ma­tion, died Feb. 16 af­ter a brief ill­ness. He was 80. Mu­rakami played a key role in de­vel­op­ing Ire­land’s an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try and di­rected nu­mer­ous award-win­ning shorts and fea­tures, in­clud­ing When the Wind Blows in 1986. Leg­endary an­i­ma­tor, pro­ducer and di­rec­tor Arthur Rankin Jr., who de­liv­ered some of the most en­dur­ing and well-loved TV hol­i­day spe­cials of all time, has died at age 89. The ac­claimed cre­ator died Jan. 30 at his home in Ber­muda, fol­low­ing an ill­ness. Since the early 1960s, Rankin and his part­ner Jules Bass had cre­ated clas­sic stop-mo­tion an­i­mated spe­cials like Ru­dolph the Red-Nosed Rein­deer, Frosty the Snow­man, Santa Claus Is Com­ing to Town and many other broad­cast record-set­ting gems.

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