I remember watching an animated version of The HobbitÂ as a made for TV version starring Orson Bean as Bilbo Baggins back in 1977. This was the beginning of epoch movies.
There was a movie that included a combination of actors and animation. I saw this version and was very disappointed. The plan was to cover The Lord of the Rings in two films. That is not possible. I do not remember it doing very well at the box office.
The Hobbit is being filmed once more and, from what I read, will be released in December 2011. They are making this into two parts. I am very curious to see how they manage to make two full length movies from this small book by J. R. R. Tolkien.
The rumoredÂ cast appears to be excellent with:
Ian McKlellen as Galdalf
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
Ron Perleman as Thorin
Andy Serkis as Gollum
This is in the early stages of filming so I don't have a great deal of information. I first heard about this during an interview with Ian McKlellen. He wasn't saying a lot except about it being a two part movie.
SynopsisÂ from The Hobbit: Part 1 (2011)Â which I hope will be updated from time to time:
"Local Shire hobbit Bilbo Baggins, uncle of Frodo Baggins, is living a quiet, peaceful life until Gandalf the Grey knocks on his door. A band of wandering dwarves shows up one or two at a time. The goal? To hire poor Bilbo for a quest (as a burgler) that entails defeating a dragon and recovering (burgling) a treasure. Along the way there are adventures with trolls and elves, a battle with goblins, the naming of Bilbo's sword as Sting after a battle with some spiders, escaping from Wargs, and a barrel ride in a river. There is a great battle, The Battle of Five Armies, which includes men, dwarves, elves, goblins with Wargs, and more. Most importantly of all, part of this story leads Bilbo into Riddles in the Dark where he meets Gollum and in the process acquires a peculiar ring that has had and will have a great impact on the future of their world."
Are you looking forward to this new version of The Hobbit?