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See the Very First Movie Adaptation of 'The Hobbit' Ever Made

11 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Hollywood has often looked to the literary world for its source material. When it comes to J.R.R. Tolkien's riveting tale of fantasy and adventure The Hobbit, one filmmaker was anxious to bring the story to the big screen. Illustrator, animator and director Gene Deitch teamed up with producer William L. Snyder for the 1966 animated short The Hobbit!. Snyder purchased rights to the saga directly from the Tolkien estate before the novel's popularity was at an all-time high. His contract obligated him to a full-color film, which he started planning as a feature-length production. The project tanked, but when the masses caught on to The Hobbit, Snyder took advantage of its marketability with a new movie. Since his contract never stated the length of the picture, he had...

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Watch: First Animated Short Film Adaptation Of 'The Hobbit' From 1966

10 June 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If Peter Jackson's epic trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" is too long for you, then perhaps this very first, animated short film version will be more your cup of tea. And indeed barely running twelve minutes long, there has to be a good story as to why Tolkien's novella got dramatically truncated. And indeed their is. Producer William Snyder first optioned the rights to the book with plans for a feature film, but as negotiations with Fox got underway, his demand for money essentially killed any chance of it happening. However, he did have one ace up his sleeve — he could hang on the rights if he produced any version of the book as a movie, and that's just what he did with this short, which is nothing but illustrations with voiceover narration. But as director/animator/writer Gene Deitch explains on his blog, Gene Deitch Credits, »

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