From the post:
I think everyone has a memory of The Hobbit, that classic fantasy from J.R.R. Tolkien. With all the movies and video games set in that world coming out over the last decade and change, a Hobbit / Tolkien fan has a lot to consume and enjoy – and a lot to complain about, too. I’ve been trying to remember when I first read The Hobbit. My first memory isn’t of the book itself, but the Rankin Bass animated adaptation from the late 70’s. For a lot of people my age, that movie (and it’s sequel, The Return of the King), are treasured memories. I also had, for many years, this vague memory of another animated Lord of the Rings – one most of my friends didn’t remember, and thought I’d made up (or dreamed up). Turns out, that one was made by Ralph Bakshi in a wildly different animated style (combination of cel animation and rotoscoping). It does exist!
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