Wednesday, January 25, 2023

The Hobbit animated film

Here is a rarity I ran across in the book "Film and TV Graphics 2: An International Survey of the Art of Film Animation" by Walter Herdeg (1976, Zurich : Graphis Press ; New York : Distributed by Hastings House.)

This is concept art for a proposed animated version of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" , by Geoff Dunbar and Oscar Grillo (Dragon Productions, London).  This production obviously never came to fruition , but it's interesting to see something pre-Rankin & Bass, pre-Bakshi era in relation to animation of Tolkien's stories (and yes, I'm aware of the Gene Deitch version).

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This is the cover of the book these pages appear in:

You can find a scan of the book on .