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(Deadline)   Arthur Rankin Jr., who co-founded Rankin-Bass studios, which gave us the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Hobbit, finally became stop motion at the age of 89   (deadline.com) divider line 36
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2014-02-01 08:44:26 AM
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2014-02-01 12:35:39 PM
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RIP Arthur Treacher's
 
2014-02-01 12:42:18 PM
Maybe it's just me, but the old Hobbit cartoon feels more Tolkien-esque than the new movies. Maybe its all the old Irish folk songs.... makes it feel at least somewhat British rather than the Americanized detour the movies have taken.
 
2014-02-01 12:55:54 PM

Ishkur: Maybe it's just me, but the old Hobbit cartoon feels more Tolkien-esque than the new movies. Maybe its all the old Irish folk songs.... makes it feel at least somewhat British rather than the Americanized detour the movies have taken.


I didn't care for some of the songs, but as a whole, the R&B Hobbit was a phenomenal piece of work. RIP, Rockman & Bass.
 
2014-02-01 12:57:51 PM
/Rankin now just rank.

/creator of Herbie the elf dentist now needs Maury the troll mortician

/be more funny headline!
 
2014-02-01 01:03:03 PM

gnosis301: Ishkur: Maybe it's just me, but the old Hobbit cartoon feels more Tolkien-esque than the new movies. Maybe its all the old Irish folk songs.... makes it feel at least somewhat British rather than the Americanized detour the movies have taken.

I didn't care for some of the songs, but as a whole, the R&B Hobbit was a phenomenal piece of work. RIP, Rockman & Bass.


But they need to be shamed for their version of "Return of the King".
 
2014-02-01 01:06:21 PM
Awwwww dammit! That gives me a sad like none other. I sure hope he got the money that Warner Brothers was screwing out of him.
 
2014-02-01 01:17:37 PM

Freschel: But they need to be shamed for their version of "Return of the King".


I'm not even sure why they made it. Did they feel obligated to follow up Ralph Bakshi for whatever reason? And if so, why?
 
2014-02-01 01:19:40 PM
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2014-02-01 01:31:23 PM
First the voice of Yukon Cornelius, and now this. At least they're looking down at the Charlie in a Box roasting in hell.
 
2014-02-01 01:35:51 PM
I'm not saying Rankin and Bass turned me gay.  But the scene from the Last Unicorn where Schmendrick was tied to the big boobie tree didn't help.


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2014-02-01 02:17:26 PM

Xythero: I'm not saying Rankin and Bass turned me gay.  But the scene from the Last Unicorn where Schmendrick was tied to the big boobie tree didn't help.


Gay!? You got off easy then, that scene gave me a thing for fat chicks!
 
2014-02-01 02:22:32 PM

Ishkur: Freschel: But they need to be shamed for their version of "Return of the King".

I'm not even sure why they made it. Did they feel obligated to follow up Ralph Bakshi for whatever reason? And if so, why?


Just be glad that The Beatles didn't get the film rights. They wanted to do a movie and cast themselves in the lead roles (John Lennon wanted to play Gollum, btw).
 
2014-02-01 02:33:09 PM

Cerebral Knievel: Xythero: I'm not saying Rankin and Bass turned me gay.  But the scene from the Last Unicorn where Schmendrick was tied to the big boobie tree didn't help.

Gay!? You got off easy then, that scene gave me a thing for fat chicks!


Yeah, but you don't have to dance with them.
 
2014-02-01 02:45:10 PM

Ishkur: Maybe it's just me, but the old Hobbit cartoon feels more Tolkien-esque than the new movies. Maybe its all the old Irish folk songs.... makes it feel at least somewhat British rather than the Americanized detour the movies have taken.


I agree.  The biggest thing for me is that The Hobbit should feel like a fun, but light, adventure story.  The new movies, while very well produced, tried to make it too dark and world-in-peril in tone in order to match up with the Lord of the Rings films.  I think after all three Hobbit films are out, it may be possible for some kind of "faithful" fan edit to come about (like some of the amazingly well done Star Wars edits) that will finally give me the live-action Hobbit adaptation I've wanted.
 
2014-02-01 03:14:40 PM
He's gone down, down to goblin town.
 
2014-02-01 03:20:44 PM

Last Man on Earth: He's gone down, down to goblin town.


... down, down to goblin town ...
 
2014-02-01 05:03:40 PM

TV's Vinnie: Ishkur: Freschel: But they need to be shamed for their version of "Return of the King".

I'm not even sure why they made it. Did they feel obligated to follow up Ralph Bakshi for whatever reason? And if so, why?

Just be glad that The Beatles didn't get the film rights. They wanted to do a movie and cast themselves in the lead roles (John Lennon wanted to play Gollum, btw).


I don't know about you but that's something I would like to see. I'll bet it'll be one of those movies that's so bad it's good. Besides It'll be a whole lot better than the Smelly Fish's version.

/That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
//Original "Thunder Cats" most over rated 30 minute commercial.
 
2014-02-01 05:17:48 PM

Freschel: I don't know about you but that's something I would like to see. I'll bet it'll be one of those movies that's so bad it's good


Indeed. On the one hand, there's Bee Gees' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. And on the other hand, farking Bee Gees' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
 
2014-02-01 05:36:01 PM

Freschel: I don't know about you but that's something I would like to see. I'll bet it'll be one of those movies that's so bad it's good. Besides It'll be a whole lot better than the Smelly Fish's version.


R-B at least had enough work ethic to finish their projects, unlike Bakshi who kinda went "Meh. I'll get back around to it later."

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2014-02-01 05:57:51 PM

Ishkur: Freschel: But they need to be shamed for their version of "Return of the King".

I'm not even sure why they made it. Did they feel obligated to follow up Ralph Bakshi for whatever reason? And if so, why?


To stop Bakshi from shiatting on the franchise any more than he already had. (Christ, what an untalented hack.)
 
2014-02-01 06:12:31 PM
I always think of this
 
2014-02-01 06:15:51 PM

Freschel: gnosis301: Ishkur: Maybe it's just me, but the old Hobbit cartoon feels more Tolkien-esque than the new movies. Maybe its all the old Irish folk songs.... makes it feel at least somewhat British rather than the Americanized detour the movies have taken.

I didn't care for some of the songs, but as a whole, the R&B Hobbit was a phenomenal piece of work. RIP, Rockman & Bass.

But they need to be shamed for their version of "Return of the King".


One of the very few movies so bad I actually walked out on it.
 
2014-02-01 07:40:54 PM

Ishkur: Freschel: I don't know about you but that's something I would like to see. I'll bet it'll be one of those movies that's so bad it's good

Indeed. On the one hand, there's Bee Gees' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. And on the other hand, farking Bee Gees' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.


I actually enjoy the soundtrack to that movie. the movie itself is horrid. they wanted to make a narrative of the album.. but they ran out of story and song, so they kept adding songs from other albums, and kept giving the crew cocaine.

it really is a great snapshot of its period in history...

the 70's...

Ed Grubermann: Ishkur: Freschel: But they need to be shamed for their version of "Return of the King".

I'm not even sure why they made it. Did they feel obligated to follow up Ralph Bakshi for whatever reason? And if so, why?

To stop Bakshi from shiatting on the franchise any more than he already had. (Christ, what an untalented hack.)



I am a fan of Bakshi, I wouldn't call him a hack at all. I enjoy his roto-scope style,  but I do agree that was a dark period in his work. As in.. it's all dark and muddy and couldn't get, or keep any funding
 
2014-02-01 09:14:17 PM
Where there's a whip there's a way!
 
2014-02-01 09:28:46 PM
In his honor I should really rewatch the Last Unicorn.

Movie freaked me the hell out as a kid. Still love it today.
 
2014-02-01 09:46:54 PM
Old actor/director trifecta in play?
 
2014-02-01 10:58:56 PM

Gyrfalcon: Old actor/director trifecta in play?


Should Abe Vigoda be worried?
 
2014-02-02 01:15:47 AM

asquian: In his honor I should really rewatch the Last Unicorn.

Movie freaked me the hell out as a kid. Still love it today.


Been a long time since I've seen that.. was a beautiful movie.

Course, an incantation of 'Magic, magic, do what you will' is just begging for trouble.
 
2014-02-02 01:46:46 AM
R-B did a lot of the '80s 30 minute toy commercials that passed for Cartoons.
 
2014-02-02 02:33:52 AM

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RIP 31 Flavors

 
2014-02-02 04:32:44 AM
I kept comparing the last Hobbit movie to the Rankin Bass version while watching it. Rankin Bass kicks its ass. Both the dwarves and Smaug are characterized way better, and let's not get into the padding.
 
2014-02-02 04:55:12 AM

Superjoe: I kept comparing the last Hobbit movie to the Rankin Bass version while watching it. Rankin Bass kicks its ass. Both the dwarves and Smaug are characterized way better, and let's not get into the padding.


The animated film was much, much closer to the book, save for the lack of Beorn, but the new movies improve over both in a few ways.  The lack of weapons on most of the dwarves seemed foolish, they seemed to think if they just showed up at the Lonely Mountain it would all work out somehow, and the last movie actually came up with a reason for the gap in Smaug's armor.
 
2014-02-02 06:42:09 AM

NeoCortex42: The biggest thing for me is that The Hobbit should feel like a fun, but light, adventure story.  The new movies, while very well produced, tried to make it too dark and world-in-peril in tone in order to match up with the Lord of the Rings films.  I think after all three Hobbit films are out, it may be possible for some kind of "faithful" fan edit to come about (like some of the amazingly well done Star Wars edits) that will finally give me the live-action Hobbit adaptation I've wanted.


The first part is already done:  http://www.fanedit.org/ifdb/component/content/article/79-fanedit-list i ngs/fanfix/962-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey-arkenstone-edition

I enjoyed it far more than Jackson's original version. Better pacing and it felt like its own movie rather than some kind of prequel that was always trying to remind you about tLoTR. Definitely worth the download..
 
2014-02-02 09:34:19 AM

Hiro-ACiD: NeoCortex42: The biggest thing for me is that The Hobbit should feel like a fun, but light, adventure story.  The new movies, while very well produced, tried to make it too dark and world-in-peril in tone in order to match up with the Lord of the Rings films.  I think after all three Hobbit films are out, it may be possible for some kind of "faithful" fan edit to come about (like some of the amazingly well done Star Wars edits) that will finally give me the live-action Hobbit adaptation I've wanted.

The first part is already done:  http://www.fanedit.org/ifdb/component/content/article/79-fanedit-list i ngs/fanfix/962-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey-arkenstone-edition

I enjoyed it far more than Jackson's original version. Better pacing and it felt like its own movie rather than some kind of prequel that was always trying to remind you about tLoTR. Definitely worth the download..


Thanks.  I'll check this out, and have to keep my eye out as the remaining movies get released on DVD.
 
2014-02-02 03:36:01 PM

Krymson Tyde: Where there's a whip there's a way!


I Don't want to march no more today! today today!
But the lord of the lash says nay nay nay!
 
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