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Review: Rankin-Bass "The Hobbit" and "Return of the King" Remastered DVDs - Classics Revisited

Rankin-Bass Hobbit Smaug

It’s always nice to discover that an old cartoon from your childhood holds up to your fond nostalgic feelings for it. The Rankin-Bass adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit proves to be one of those cartoons. The TV special, first aired in the late 1970’s, was my personal introduction to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, and while the […]

Arthur Rankin Jr., Rankin/Bass Co-Founder, 1924 - 2014

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The Royal Gazette of Bermuda reported that Arthur Rankin, Jr. passed away at his home by Harrington Sound on January 31, 2014, at the age of 90. Rankin was half of the famed Rankin-Bass duo, which produced some of the best beloved animated Christmas TV specials of all time, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty […]

TNT Gets Desolation Rights

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Even though people are still watching “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” on the big screen this weekend, TNT will not be left aside like a snoozing dragon and has gobbled up the television rights for the second film in the most recent Hobbit trilogy. The first film in the trilogy – “The Hobbit: An […]

Video Game High School Joins 48 FPS Clique

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The initial season of the YouTube comedy series “Video Game High School” – about a boy who attends the world’s most prestigious gamer school in a world dominated by professional gaming – was a nine-episode success that generated 55 million views despite the paltry 24 frames per second rate that YouTube supports. But with the […]

Five More Months Needed To Jack Up Hobbit Ticket Prices

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  Struggling to find a way to transfer their expensive filming costs onto the ticket-buying public – should it be through concessions, 3D conversion or merely good old fashioned gouging – Warner Bros. has moved the third and final film in the Hobbit trilogy, “The Hobbit: There and Back” back five months from its originally […]

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