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Russia made Hobbit movie before it was cool

The Hobbit movie was already made before! Yeah, before it was even cool and before many of you were even born. It was a 1985 Soviet film adaption of the famous J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 book The Hobbit by Vladimir Latyshev. Yeah it wasn’t a block buster but rather it was the children’s film featured Zinovy Gerdt as “the professor” (a narrator stand-in for Tolkien) with Mikhail Danilov as Bilbo Baggins, Anatoly Ravikovich as Thorin Oakenshield and Igor Dmitriev as Gollum. Smaug and the Mirkwood spiders were portrayed by puppets, hey there was no cgi back then after all. What however misses in this version of the Hobbit movie are the trolls, Elrond, Beorn and the wood-elves. The goblins are human-like with little makeup, and were portrayed by dancers from the Leningrad State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, as are the inhabitants of Lake Town.

The Gollum:

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Gandalf:

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Thorin Oakenshield

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Smaug:

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Bilbo Baggins:

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…and ladies and gentleman, the Hobbit movie:

What do you think?

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