Musings From Us Listings For Orson Bean

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Rankin/Bass’ The Return of the King (1979)

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Long before Peter Jackson gave us his vision of the Lord of the Ring Trilogy, the animation company of Rankin/Bass, who some might remember best for many stop animation TV holiday specials, gave us their version of The Return of the King. While this story focused mostly on Frodo (Orson Bean) and Sam (Roddy MacDowell) in their quest to destroy The One Ring, the other parts of the story were not forgotten. We see Gandalf (John Huston) and Pippin (Casey Kasem) as they deal with the orc invasion of Minas Tirith and Denethor’s (William Conrad) insanity brought on by the palintir. We delight in the alliance of Rohan and Gondor when King Theoden (Don Messick) brings the troops to aid in the defense of Gondor’s once shining city. It all starts as a story-song told by the Bard of Gondor (Glenn Yarbrough) as he tells Gandalf, Lord Elrond, Bilbo and the other Hobbits in the Fellowship of “Frodo of the Nine Fingers”. This story is more condensed than the big screen version, and was made as a children’s television movie to be played on Thanksgiving Day weekends back in the late 70s.

The Hobbit (TV 1977) The Greatest Adventure

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This is a wonderful rendition done by Rankin and Bass from the adaptive screenplay written by Romeo Muller based on the original version of The Hobbit. While it doesn’t follow everything that happened in the book it does well to cover the main points of the story. You have to remember this was made for children and for TV so there were many things that they just would not even be able to show. It is truly amazing that The Hobbit was even considered a children’s book as it is both scary and terrifying, especially for small children. I know that I as a child and that of my own son had nightmares after seeing this film. The funny thing is that after seeing it and having the bad dreams children of all ages wind up wanting to see it again. Rankin and Bass did some truly amazing things with animation and all before there was even any computers to work with. Every cell as hand drawn and hand painted to give us this masterpiece of both cinematography and artwork. Anyone who loves the collected works of Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. will want to have this one in their collection.