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Watch the very first film adaptation of The Hobbit (that was never released)

January 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm by xoanon  - 

In 1966, animator Gene Deitch collaborated with Czech illustrator Adolf Born to create the very first film version of The Hobbit. This version — which took some sizable creative liberties with J.R.R. Tolkien’s original story — never saw the light of day. What the heck happened?

As Deitch tells it, the story began his producer, William Snyder, briefly acquired the rights to The Hobbit in 1964. Deitch wished to film The Hobbit using cel-animated characters and 3D-modeled backgrounds, an ambitious procedure for the time. More..

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit on January 9, 2012 by

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18 responses to “Watch the very first film adaptation of The Hobbit (that was never released)”

  1. Vitkov1420 says:

    There is still a Soviet screen version which and hasn’t been removed – here that remains – a history prologue

  2. Mark Sommer says:

    Wow. Talk about a re-write!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I hope the people who complain about PJ’s little changes watch this 😀

  4. Vexx801 says:

    That’s interesting! I wonder if there is more to the animation?

  5. I ADORE this animation style. The artwork is amazing!

  6. Vitkov1420 says:


  7. Rosie says:

    wow. talk about talking some liberties…all those people who complained PJ’s changes should have watched this! 😉

  8. Rosie says:

    The animation is interesting.  The ripoff of Tolkien is not.

  9. Harmondale2 says:

    Wow… That blew my mind man, lol

  10. Anonymous says:


  11. Nessa says:

    slag… really?

  12. Nessa says:

    slag… really?

  13. Nessa says:

    slag… really?

  14. Nessa says:

    slag… really?

  15. Joshharben says:

    This is terrible.

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