Cartoon Versions of THE HOBBIT and THE RETURN OF THE KING? | Review

Hallo, Leute! I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and I love Peter Jackson’s adaptions of the books. Oh, and I also love the cartoon movie adaptations! Yep, that’s right: cartoon adaptions! It’s not necessarily a well-known fact that there are indeed cartoon movie adaptions of Tolkien’s epic saga. So, for today I thought that I’d do a review today! The movies are The Hobbit (1977) and The Return of the King (1980).

First and foremost, one of the reasons why I love these movies is that I think that they capture the essence and spirit of Tolkien’s works better than the Peter Jackson films. Sure, I love the epic feel that Peter Jackson brings to the stories but really, the animated versions bring out the soft, homely feel to the stories that is definitely there, I think.

Another reason I love the cartoon versions is that there is music! Yep, music! In The Hobbit movie they use all of the songs from the book which is probably one of my favorite things about the movie! Then, in The Return of the King, there are some really sweet, cute original songs. I just love how hobbit-like these songs feel. They really do add a certain layer to the story that’s just not there in the Peter Jackson versions.

I guess that these cartoon versions are probably a hit-and-miss sort of thing. They’re probably not for everyone but I think that, if you’re the right type of person for it, you’ll love it! Personally I absolutely adore these versions and I think that they definitely add to the story in a positive way and I love that!

Have you seen the cartoon movies? If so, what do you think about them? If not, do you think that a cartoon movie would be suitable for Tolkien’s books? Vielen Dank und tschüss! 


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