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Jules Bass
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Role writer, producer
Country U.S.A., Philadelphia
Born September 16, 1935
Other Works ThunderCats, SilverHawks, TigerSharks, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman
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Jules Bass a.k.a. Julian P. Gardner is an American director, producer, composer and author. Born in Philadelphia, Bass moved on to New York and was educated at "New York University". His first job was at an advertising agency in the same city where worked until the early 1960s.

During that time, he met Arthur Rankin, Jr. and the two decided to form their own film production company known as Videocraft International. This was later changed to "Rankin/Bass Productions". The two produced and directed a wide range of stop-motion animated features and cartoons. Their Christmas Specials such as "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman" were particularly popular and highly successful.

The two would also go on to produce and direct a number of other animated shows such as "The Last Unicorn" and "Jackson 5ive", the later showcasing the musical adventures of the Michael Jackson and his brothers. Bass also directed and produced TV movies such as "The Hobbit" and "The Return of the King".

During the 1980s, Ted Wolf took his concept about an action/adventure animated show centered around a group of humanoid cats to Rankin/Bass. Seeing the potential in the premise, Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. agreed to produce the show and ThunderCats was born, which would go on to become one of Rankin/Bass' most popular and successful show ever. Bass even wrote a number of episodes of the show. After the ThunderCats came to an end, Rankin/Bass produced similar themed animated shows SilverHawks and TigerSharks.

Today, Bass does not direct or produce anymore but he is the author of a children's book series based on the character "Herb the Vegetarian Dragon" which are published by Barefoot Books.

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  • He wrote a number of ThunderCats episodes under the pseudonym "Julian P. Gardner".
  • Bass also composed music for many of the Rankin/Bass shows and wrote lyrics for their theme songs as well.

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005. Trouble with Time
006. Pumm-Ra (episode)
007. The Terror of Hammerhand
009. The Garden of Delights

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