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**In the beginning was the Rankin Bass Hobbit, Part 9 -- A king, a door, and a guy you can't see..."**


Sep 25 2012, 2:58am

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**In the beginning was the Rankin Bass Hobbit, Part 9 -- A king, a door, and a guy you can't see..."** Can't Post

Welcome to another installment of this very irregular series in which I'm posting images from the Rankin Bass Hobbit (in the case the Soundtrack Booklet for it!) as an opportunity for discussion...

We're up to Part 9, and here are today's images:

1) The Elven King...

2. The Door and the Key...

3. Invisible Bilbo Engages in Smaug-Talk...

And here are a few starting questions for discussion, for those so inclined!

1. What do you prefer -- a "woody", smallish Elven King like this or Jackson's version, who promises to be tall, thin, and very well-groomed? Or do you have another vision of the Elven King in mind? What elements do they have to get right, for you, for the Elven King to be an acceptable adaptation of the character Tolkien wrote?

2. In LOTR, we have the moonlight and password trick to open the door; now we're going to have the moonlight and key trick. How many other Hobbit scenes can you think of that are similar to moments in LOTR? What would you do, if you were the film maker, to give those scenes a fresh look and not look like a rehash of something you did when you made LOTR?

3. In LOTR, Bilbo and Frodo are never invisible for very long -- in the Hobbit, Bilbo is invisible for long stretches where a lot of action occurs. Rankin Bass gave us this shadowy sort of effect; Jackson has the hobbits disappear entirely, and then shows us how things look to them once they have the Ring on. Did you like the Rankin Bass solution for helping us to see what we can't be seen? Do you suppose Jackson will take us into the Wraith world in the Hobbit, like he did in LOTR, for the invisible scenes - and how might that work if he does? And just how does one deal with an invisible character in a visual medium?

4. Other thoughts or comments on these three R/B images? Share them here!


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**In the beginning was the Rankin Bass Hobbit, Part 9 -- A king, a door, and a guy you can't see..."** weaver Send a private message to weaver Sep 25 2012, 2:58am
    Here are my thoughts... Spencissimus Send a private message to Spencissimus Sep 25 2012, 4:52am
    Sit up straight! Delrond Send a private message to Delrond Sep 27 2012, 2:02pm
    Well, Fardragon Send a private message to Fardragon Sep 27 2012, 2:18pm


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