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The Hobbit 1966
January 9, 2012 10:01 PM   Subscribe

The Hobbit a twelve-minute animated film by Gene Deitch from 1966

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posted by Sailormom (20 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
The story of how (and why) this was made in 30 days, on Gene Deitch's site.
posted by louche mustachio at 10:50 PM on January 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


The rest of Gene Deitch Credits is also fascinating.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:13 PM on January 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well at least it has one virtue, sorely lacking in all other Tolkein works: it's short.
posted by charlie don't surf at 11:23 PM on January 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Gene Dietch is the father of the great underground cartoonist Kim Dietch.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 11:24 PM on January 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Hobbit & Garden"
posted by bicyclefish at 11:57 PM on January 9, 2012


nice...
posted by herculesopa at 1:16 AM on January 10, 2012


It really surprises me how it doesn't look rushed. Even though he was aiming for a cynical cash-grab, he still seems to have had enough respect for the source material to do it some justice.
posted by hudders at 3:49 AM on January 10, 2012


Am I the only one who doesn't like Gene Deitch's work? Especially when he did Tom & Jerry.
posted by chavenet at 4:53 AM on January 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Deitch was , at the time, already experienced with limited animation and had well honed design and storytelling chops. You might notice that there are long stretches where there isn't even very much animation happening - all the movement comes from lighting or other camera manipulations. He's an artful minimalist under the best of circumstances - I'm sure this stretched his abilities, but he was ultimately well suited for the task.
posted by louche mustachio at 4:56 AM on January 10, 2012


I don't think Deitch liked Tom and Jerry much, either.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:02 AM on January 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I kept expecting the Fractured Fairy Tale music to kick in.
posted by sourwookie at 5:10 AM on January 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm sort of glad he didn't get to do his full-length Hobbit, with its added princess love-interest and other um, improvements.
posted by Segundus at 5:15 AM on January 10, 2012


Am I the only one who doesn't like Gene Deitch's work?

I can't say I've ever been a fan of his work, either. This doesn't do anything to help. I mean, the art in this piece is really nice and stylized, and is the real saving grace. But, of course, Deitch wasn't the artist. I love minimalism, but there's "minimalism" and then there's "cheap and quick".
posted by Thorzdad at 5:28 AM on January 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


In December, when you're upset that Peter Jackson has added too much or hasn't spent enough time discussing cram or whatever, be sure to remember that he could have called the trolls "groans."
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:41 AM on January 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


This looks so much better than the animated LotR movie it's not even funny.
posted by theichibun at 7:20 AM on January 10, 2012


This looks so much better than the animated LotR movie it's not even funny.

Man don't start that fight, we could be here all day. Personally I love the animation in the Bakshi LotR. It's the first time I really remember, as a tiny child, the way something looked having a direct visceral effect on the way it made me feel. It looked like my dreams looked, and kinda how they still do. Bearing in mind Waking Life, I wonder if the rotoscoping effect has that dreamlike quality for others.
posted by howfar at 9:05 AM on January 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


The narrator has a funny way of pronouncing 'gollum' that makes it sound like 'ga-LOOM'. Imagining Andy Serkis saying it that way cracks me up for some reason.

I wonder why would they change Smaug's name to Slag though - if it's a quick job, why not stay with the original names?
posted by Hardcore Poser at 11:32 AM on January 10, 2012


Well, I loved it. I loved the artwork, I loved the "minimalism", I loved the narration.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 1:01 PM on January 10, 2012


I wonder why would they change Smaug's name to Slag though

SHUT IT YOU SMAUG!
posted by howfar at 1:37 PM on January 10, 2012


According to the FPP, this is "animated." That must means something different from what I thought.
posted by rikschell at 6:00 PM on January 10, 2012


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