Christmas in the Shire

Last night, for no particular reason, I watched the first of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  (Thoughts on the trilogy as a whole here.)  Watching it brought to mind a satirical video I’d seen years ago of the Rankin-Bass Hobbit Christmas special that should have been.  Was it still online?  A Google search turned it up quickly.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Christmas:  

The Rankin-Bass stop-motion and animated specials of the 1970s collide in this, and watching it I kind of wish that something like this, as un-Tolkien-ian as it is, had been made, circa 1978.  Certainly, it couldn’t be any worse than The Leprechaun’s Christmas.

This video, which was shown on YouTube in 2012, when the first of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films was released, was done by Ronimation.  This was, sadly, not followed by The Hobbit: The Christmas of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Christmasses (with the immortal Bilbo Baggins line, “But what about Second Christmas?”).

One can dream. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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