You know, I have thought about actually doing a review of the 1977 animated film by Rankin-Bass. Which is superior to that OTHER animated Hobbit Film from 1966.
But, here is the problem, I have the DVD of the Hobbit, and not its original VHS. And this is why that's a problem. The audio on the DVD has been butchered. As in spliced and cut up. Sliced to bits. Most of the audio sound effects aren't even in the DVD.
So anyone who has never seen the animated Hobbit prior to the DVD release are missing a great deal of stuff.
Well, I do have a treat for all of you. Consider this a Hanukkah from me to all of you.
It took me like almost a decade, but I managed to piece together the original VHS Hi-Fi audio with the clean cut DVD's HD look.
And I posted it on my Drive account.
They shouldn't get that pissed at me for this.
This is the original Hi-Fi audio in with the DVD of the animated Hobbit, produced by Rankin-Bass and animated by Studio Ghibli. Yes, THAT Studio Ghibli.
And it shows the unique design of Smaug for the animated film...the one that I do prefer to use when I draw him. No offense to those who like PJ's version of Smaug...I just like this one a bit better.
Unfortunately, I can't give a proper review of the animated film because the DVD's audio bugs the shit outta me. But at least you can actually enjoy the original audio, which includes a lot of animal growls Richard Boone did for Smaug...and done WITHOUT any filtering. Also, the sound of Smaug's diving when he's attacking Laketown, sounds like a nuclear bomb dropping. It's this ear-splitting whistling sound. It's perfect. You hear that whistling sound and then look up to see the sky on fire by a giant red-golden dragon with a pissed off warg face and you're runnin' the fuck outta there.
And yes, my fellow Nerds, that IS Thundercracker as Bard the Bowman. And he shoots Smaug. So we do have that bit of awesome.
Smaug is played by Richard Boone, the guy most famous for playing Paladin from Have Gun, Will Travel
. He's also played Joe Friday's partner on Dragnet
, and even had a variety show on cable TV.
Bilbo is played by Orson Bean, who was on Scrubs once. He's done a lot of bit parts for TV shows here and there and mostly is a writer for programs rather than an actor.
So, there we go.