This video asks: ‘What if Benedict Cumberbatch had voiced Smaug in the 1977 animated version of The Hobbit?’. Thanks to Ringer Sarge for making this!
For the record, the late American actor Richard Boone voiced Smaug the dragon in the 1977 Rankin Bass cartoon. You can sample some of his bombastic, self-secure Smaug right here. Continue reading “What if Benedict Cumberbatch had voiced the Rankin Bass Smaug?”
Much has been written about The Hobbit in recent years thanks to the filming of the new trilogy of Peter Jackson films.But during all the hubbub surrounding Jackson and Company’s take on Tolkien’s classic story (positive and negative), there has been very little mentioned about the underrated 1977 Rankin Bass film adaptation of The Hobbit.
This animated movie–clocking in at right around a lean 90 minutes–introduced me to Middle Earth at the age of 7, for which I will always be grateful. To say the least, that Tolkien magic translated beautifully through my parents old 19″ Zenith radiation machine. And I attribute that to the story as well as a clever, tight script, wonderful voice acting, brilliant score, and some terrific character and creature design. Continue reading “A review of the 1977 Rankin Bass Hobbit”