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In 1938, just as Tolkien began to work on The Lord of the Rings, Walt Disney considered adapting The Hobbit to animation. An animator of Disney sent a memo suggesting that elements of The Hobbit and Richard Wagner's Ring cycle could be incorporated into Fantasia which was then in the making. But, it was unfortunately cancelled.

In 1972, Disney veterans Frank Thomas and Vance Gerry revived the idea for the film inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien's famed novel of the same name, previously attempted by Walt Disney. They made a brief summary with concept art (depicting a goofier Bilbo with and without shoes, oddly enough) and made plans to tone down some of the more intense scenes from the book (it was unknown if this meant the removal of Gollum).

Why They Were Cancelled[]

  1. Multiple directors' disinterest
  2. Tolkien's own negative feelings towards the Walt Disney Company in general.


  • The Disney adaptations were both cancelled.
  • In 1977, Rankin/Bass Productions & Topcraft Limited Company made a film based on the book along with a sequel in 1980.
  • New Line Cinema, WingNut Films, & Warner Bros. Pictures released their own version of The Hobbit called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey along with two more movies, spawning a trilogy & a franchise.