Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Hobbit, Gene Deitch, 1966

(William)Snyder managed to get a phone call through to Zdenka’s office. (Phoning to Prague in those days was like trying to contact Uranus.) He had a preposterous order for me: Make a one-reel version of THE HOBBIT, and bring it to New York within 30 days! I thought he had been smoking something wilder than his contraband Cuban cigars. Not possible!

Originally planned as a full length feature film with Jiri Trnka, this short was made in 30 days. Read the story on Gene Deitch's site.

In fact, you really must check out Gene Deitch Credits, so many great stories

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  1. This is great! Wish I'd seen it years ago.
    Also love the musical saw parts, obvs.