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  •  Or it might be the movie that (12+ / 0-)

    Ralph Bakshi did.  It was a combination of some parts of the first two books.  They used some type of animation which used real actors then drew the animation over their actions.  While definitely not as good as the newer Peter Jackson directed movies, it was interesting, if nothing else but for the style of animation.

    The Hobbit animated movie was pretty horrible, though.

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    by minidriver on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 09:35:26 AM PST

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    •  You may be right (9+ / 0-)

      I never saw the movie you're referring to, which may have been the same one Gentle Giant was referring to.  If so, I stand corrected.

      The animated movie "The Hobbit" is pretty bad but I still watched it when I was a kid and at the time I thought it was pretty cool.  It may even have been why I decided to pick up The Hobbit (the book), which of course inevitably led to reading the LOTR series multiple times.  As far as movies based on books go, I think Peter Jackson got a lot closer than most with LOTR.

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      by democracy inaction on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 09:52:47 AM PST

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      •  Even though the Rankin-Bass Hobbit sucked (2+ / 0-)
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        I do occasionally find myself getting through unpleasant tasks by singing "Where There's a Whip, There's a Way."

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        by Geenius at Wrok on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 05:53:52 AM PST

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    •  The Hobbit (8+ / 0-)

      My son went through 4 copies of the animated Hobbit before he was 10, and not by breaking them, he just watched them to death. Then later when the LOTR movies came out, we of course had to see them, and then own them. He's looking forward to the new Hobbit movie.

      And now I have the "15 birds in five Fir trees" song stuck in my head.

      15 Birds

    •  Yes, I'm sure GG meant the Bakshi one. (6+ / 0-)

      It's interesting, but almost incomprehensible.  Still, I give it to Bakshi for even attempting it.

      I just watched the Rankin-Bass animated TV Hobbit a few weeks ago.  I like it, if only because I first encountered Tolkien in third grade, when my teacher read us The Hobbit (and then started Lord of the Rings!) ... and the TV version came out only a few years later.  

      That was special for me -- and I still think the design and backgrounds on it are very lovely.  I think it's a good introduction to the story, for those who have never actually read it.

    •  there is a reason (2+ / 0-)
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      that among fans, "Bakshi" is another word for "excrement".

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      by trumpeter on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 01:59:44 PM PST

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    •  Rotoscoping (2+ / 0-)
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      is the technique you're thinking of.

      Somewhere there's a hilarious website dedicated to ripping apart everything that's wrong with this movie. And there's a lot. The funniest (to me) being the fact that halfway through, Saruman's name changes to "Aruman." :-D

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      by Geenius at Wrok on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 05:53:10 AM PST

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