The original animated The Hobbit film (1977), by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr., with its tiny budget, unassuming character animation, and beautiful watercolor backdrops, is actually a lot better than the newer live action trilogy (2012-14), with its massive budget, endless special effects, and 3D, IMax, IMax3D, HFR3D, and IMAX3D-HFR etc formats. The soundtrack, featuring several songs by luminary and then-famous folk singer Glenn Yarbrough, is also great. Lyrics by Jules Bass and Maury Laws, adapted from Tolkien’s songs in the novel 

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