31 December 2007

Hobbit Movie (1977)

Ah yes, the animated movie that sent me on the road to Hobbiton so many, many years ago... absolutely perfect! For a generation of young hobbits, Gollum really is a nasty, froggy, green-skinned monster (gravel-voiced by Brother Theodore)... goblins are barrel-shaped, grey-skinned monsters with horns...
and the music of Glenn Yarbrough fills the air...

For some fans of The Hobbit, this animated version is a disappointment (I'll admit, I'm not crazy about the design of the wood elves), but it's one of the last great Rankin & Bass creations from the 1970's, with water-color backgrounds and original music.


Watch the whole thing for free on YouTube...
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4,
Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8.

...or get it on DVD!

New (Boxed Set)


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