The (technically) first ever film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit! A 12-minute-long animated movie that is loosely (very loosely) based on our beloved story. The Warden’s Walk provides us access to this wonderful little piece as we await the grand cinematic experience of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
- THE HOBBIT – Benedict Cumberbatch talks about Working on the Film (geektyrant.com)
Ten years before the Rankin/Bass animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit of 1977, American producer William L. Snyder commissioned this short movie version. He had acquired the film rights from the Tolkien estate when the novel wasn’t yet a phenomenon, but only on the condition that he could produce a “full-colour film” by June 30, 1966. Development Hell being what it is, this soon appeared unfeasible. Snyder failed to get backing from any major studio. And then the Tolkien craze did start, and Snyder realized he could probably still make some money off the material. He realized this somewhere around June 1 and promptly phoned his writer, Gene Dietch, who had been diligently working on a “magnificent” script for nearly two years. The loophole that would let Snyder keep the rights was this: the extreme leeway provided in the vague phrase “full-colour film.” Not feature length, not even fully…
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